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Storm Causes Major Damage, Power Outage in Goldsboro

Posted August 10, 2007
Updated August 11, 2007

— A thunderstorm damaged at least two Goldsboro hotels, downed trees and power lines and left thousands of people in the dark Friday evening.

A Days Inn on Wayne Memorial Drive lost most of its roof in the storm, and a Holiday Inn Express on Highway 70 near Spence Road suffered "cosmetic" damage, according to Wayne County Sheriff’s officials.

The Red Cross opened up a shelter at Goldsboro Middle School for the 100 or so guests who were staying at the Days Inn. Fire and police officials said they planned to patrol at the Days Inn overnight to secure the area.

Building inspectors will check the hotel's structure and see if it is sound enough to let people back in to collect their belongings on Saturday morning.

Four people staying at the Days Inn suffered minor injuries, officials said.

Sheriff’s officials said they were “very busy” responding to damage caused by the storm Friday night. Trees and power lines were down in many areas, but most of the damage was in the city of Goldsboro, officials said.

Trees fell onto several homes, and the Wal-Mart shopping center in Goldsboro suffered some damage, as well.

Progress Energy reported 300 customers were still without power in Wayne County as of 10:15 p.m. Saturday. Company officials said power should be restored to most of the remaining customers by midnight.

At the height of the outage around 7 p.m., the storm knocked out power to 8,600 customers, mostly in Goldsboro.

Crews restored power to all but 1,850 customers by early Saturday morning.

A house also caught fire on South Beston Road in eastern Wayne County. Lightning struck the area, but officials could not confirm that was the cause of the fire.


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  • mrtwinturbo Aug 11, 2007

    The Red Cross opened up a shelter at Goldsboro Middle School for the 100 or so guests who were staying at the Days Inn.........say now!! They got an upgrade for free!!!

  • daMoFo Aug 11, 2007

    Unless there were dead bodies laying in the street and burning vehicles mixed in, it doesn't look like a war zone.

  • brian2380 Aug 11, 2007

    The worst damage occurred to the days inn on Highway 70. About 85 to
    90 mph straight line wind caused the roof of the hotel to vault or
    become airborne and flip over. Wind trapped under the eave of the
    hotel exerted an upward force on the roof resulting in uplift
    failure. The older hotel roof was constructed of wood joists and
    lacked any wind straps to anchor the roof based on initial
    inspection. The hotel was built to code at the time of construction according to the local building inspector. However... new construction requires additional roof anchoring since Goldsboro falls within the wind code area requiring such building techniques. This partially explains the lack of significant damage to surrounding newer buildings. The failure of the roof structure was due largely in part to the combination of uplift forcing and toe nail type construction in the trusses and joists. The roof became airborne Landing in the parking lot and damaging about a dozen vehicles. One person

  • brian2380 Aug 11, 2007

    Straight line winds raced east through the north side of Goldsboro
    with peak wind speeds estimated between 85 and 90 mph based on the
    damage survey. The overall macroburst was very large reaching a
    width of about two and a half miles and extending downwind from the
    Point of origin for about 6 miles. Damaging winds extended from
    Claridge Nursery Road just northwest of downtown Goldsboro through
    the city ending at Highway 13. Tree damage was extensive all along U.S. 70... business 70... Royal Avenue and Ashe street. About a dozen homes in the area experienced damage from falling trees. Numerous roads were blocked by trees and power lines especially from Wayne Memorial drive east to Highway 13.

  • brian2380 Aug 11, 2007

    It is official, from the National Weather Service: Straight Line Winds-

    On August 10th starting at 614 PM... severe winds from a large-scale
    downburst... otherwise known as a macroburst... created widespread
    damage in Goldsboro and the surrounding area. The macroburst began
    near finchs station on Claridge Nursery Road just northwest of
    downtown Goldsboro where an 85 mph wind gust was recorded at 614 PM
    by a RAWS mesonet station. A Severe Thunderstorm Warning was issued
    for Wayne County at 545 PM highlighting damaging winds in Goldsboro. The warning was effective until 630 PM. Emergency calls started coming into the 911 center around 620 PM reporting damage throughout the city. The National Weather Service contacted the 911 center at least twice alerting them to the damaging storm developing west of Goldsboro. The Severe Thunderstorm Warning was reissued at 626 PM extending the warning until 715 PM for Wayne County.

  • brant58 Aug 11, 2007

    Of course he is no meteorologist, but a supervisor with Progress Energy said this was definitely a tornado. It almost had to be. Straight line winds will blow trees over but not twist them like some of those I saw.

  • gopanthers Aug 11, 2007

    grnpnd7 - Good grief. Entire Family? I can't even begin to imagine that if I were in that situation! I know years ago but my heart goes out to that family who still has family members that we're left behind.

  • grnpnd7 Aug 11, 2007

    excuse me; meant to say entire family

  • grnpnd7 Aug 11, 2007

    I remember the tornadoes of 84; my oldest daughter lost her aunt, her cousin, and her cousin's little girl down in Browntown in Greene County. They were trying to make it from a mobile home to the house when the tornado picked them up in the yard.
    God bless him Mr. Bunn lost his entired family that night.

  • diamonddogs Aug 11, 2007

    Why won't WRAL, post that there was something like a tornado or funnel cloud? I am positive there was one, I was watching it touch down! It was very small, but it touched down at the Days Inn and went over a bridge crossing Highway 70, and then went back up! Dang! Don't they read these comments? If you have anyway to tell them, please do!