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Storms Cause Mess Across Triangle

Posted August 21, 2007
Updated August 22, 2007

— Record heat erupted in severe thunderstorms across the Triangle on Tuesday evening, leaving power lines down, widespread but minor damage and at least eight people injured.

Eight people were injured when a powerful storm pummeled an outdoor concert at the Walnut Creek Amphitheatre in Raleigh.

When the storm passed through, patrons were hit with tree branches and other debris. Most of the injuries were minor cuts and bruises.

The cancellation of the concert by Def Leppard, Styx and Foreigner also caused major traffic back-ups around the Amphitheatre, as thousands of fans tried to leave at once.

A security guard at the Amphitheatre told WRAL there was some significant damage.

Strong winds flipped over several rental sailboats on Lake Crabtree. Everyone on board the sailboats was accounted for, and no one was injured, the Wake County Sheriff's Office said.

Power lines fell on top of a car in which two female North Carolina State University students were riding near Dan Allen Drive and Fraternity Row.

The women said they were traveling back to campus when the wires hit their windshield and threw off sparks. Neither student was injured.

The Cary Fire Department responded to an apparent lightning strike at home on Dovershire Court, off Davis Drive. The lightning blasted a 1-foot hole in the roof but did not spark a fire, officials said.

At the height of the storms, Progress Energy and Duke Energy reported a combined total of more than 17,000 customers without power. The areas hardest hit included Wake, Johnston and Orange counties.

Both utilities had crews out repairing the power lines. As of 4:30 a.m., Progress Energy still reported hundreds of outages in Wake and Columbus counties.

The power outages were severe enough to force the Apex Police Department to turn over dispatching its calls over to Wake County for a while. Apex police said their computers were back up and they returned to handling calls by around 8 p.m.


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  • My5cents Aug 22, 2007

    No, it's either good music or it isn't. Just because you like a certain type of music doesn't make it good.

  • Elibeth Aug 22, 2007

    I was out at Walnut Creek last night too for the Def Leppard concert. The rain, wind and hail was horrible. Everyone got soaked! Glad no one was seriously hurt. I was sorry to see them cancel the show, but it has been rescheduled for Monday, August 27.

  • computer trainer Aug 22, 2007

    Good music is in the ear of the beholder!

  • My5cents Aug 22, 2007

    Kevboom stated: There is absolutely nothing wrong with enjoying good music.

    Def Leppard is not good music!

  • vicki4dalejr Aug 22, 2007

    I was at the Def Leppard concert when it all hit last night. Scariest thing I've ever been through!! Something I'll never forget for sure!!

  • Greyhound_Girl Aug 22, 2007

    oh its you bob...didn't see your hard hat in NW Johnston County, but saw lots of leaves, pine cones, pine needles, and sticks. The wind was unbelievable last night...then came the horizontal rain, but we got some rain..which was nice.

  • 39 going on 25 Aug 22, 2007

    Beside the point, are you going to see Nickelback?

    No. I saw Rascal Flatts on Sunday and now my money has to go towards school clothes, supplies, etc....

  • camanderikfan Aug 22, 2007

    oh its you bob, notice my post before you and you'll see that there was a flying hard hat in my neighborhood. Wind got bad but I'm pretty certain it wasn't yours. lol, If I find it do you want to borrow it?

  • Teddy Aug 22, 2007

    live off of duraleigh road; got windy, but we really did not get much rain at all. i was hoping we would!!

  • innocent bystander Aug 22, 2007

    I live in west Johnston Co. Anyone seen my hardhat?