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Storm Leaves Downed Trees, Damage

Posted March 5, 2008

— The strong storms that swept across the Triangle Tuesday night cleared out for a beautiful day, but left some downed trees behind.

Power outages from the storm were restored throughout the morning. Progress Energy reported just over 500 customers still without power statewide by noon. Duke Energy reported about 2,000 customers effected, most of those were in Forsyth and Rockingham counties.

Golf-ball sized hail, rain and lightning were reported throughout the viewing area overnight. Some places saw as much as 2 inches of rain, according to WRAL Meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner.

There were widespread reports of downed trees throughout the Triangle and surrounding counties. Some struck houses as they came down, but authorities reported no injuries.

A tree struck a house on Vickie Drive in Cary, and another hit a house on West Stallings Street in Clayton. On McCrimmon Parkway in Cary, lightning popped the top of a townhome, igniting flames. No one was injured, and the damage was mostly contained to the attic.

Winds were reportedly near 60 mph when the strongest storm cells went through overnight.

The storms brought drenching rains to many locations, including RDU International Airport, which was good news for the state's drought.The weather caused five to 10 flight delays at the airport, officials said, but operations were expected to catch up after the storms abated.

Temperatures will climb into the mid 60s Wednesday and Thursday before another chance of rain comes on Friday.


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  • iamforjustice Mar 5, 2008

    I slept very well through the storm last night. I woke up with no power so I couldn't bathe but I slept like a baby and came to work to shower. Did any of you experience the same?

  • Frank Downtown Mar 5, 2008

    A hugh pine fell right through the middle of my neighbors house over near Poole Road

  • Adelinthe Mar 5, 2008

    Pic #4 is a dead tree that should've been taken down long ago, but so often we're tempted to leave things.

    Am grateful no one was hurt - winds were mighty for sure. We even let the chickens and peahens out of their pens so they could find their own safety. It's better for them that penning them up under trees which usually shade them.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • tagncsu Mar 5, 2008

    Lukie, many rainfall reports are listed at this address:


    Most locations picked up about an inch of rain in that area.

  • monkey_boy09 Mar 5, 2008

    we got about 4 inches of snow. it was a very unexpected snow storm.

  • lukie Mar 5, 2008

    Does anyone know how much rain west wilson co got?

  • hollylama Mar 5, 2008

    Unfortunate damage and I certainly didn't get much sleep due to torrential rain and hurricane force winds! ;) But I'm so thankful for the rain!!
    Did anyone else hear birds chirping right after the storm? It was still dark out but after the winds and rains stopped, birds were chirping at like 3 in the morning....

  • jannita Mar 5, 2008

    I do not HATE meteorologists, I am just occasionally frustrated by watching the expense piled up from inaccurate forecasts in the winter. However, this one was dead on, with the exception that as time went by, we moved from slight risk into moderate risk. But risk is risk.

  • tagncsu Mar 5, 2008

    If you're interested in a list of those storm reports, here's a link to the Storm Prediction Center storm reports page for yesterday. Everything is listed in UTC instead of EST, which means that a storm listed at 0400 UTC actually occurred at 11pm EST.


  • cadetsfan Mar 5, 2008

    Any meteorologist-haters out there want to acknowledge that they at least called this one? :-p