Rain returns to Triangle, hours after storms damage property

Posted June 12, 2014

— Rain returned to the Triangle Thursday, less than 24 hours after thunderstorms fueled by heat and humidity caused wind damage across central North Carolina.

Thursday will be partly to mostly cloudy with a chance of thunderstorms and highs in the mid 80s. More storms are possible Friday.

"It is firing up out there this afternoon," said WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner. "We are expecting more clouds and more rain through the afternoon."

Wednesday afternoon's storms triggered severe thunderstorm and flash flood warnings across the region and resulted in a few close calls.

John Bell was driving on Aviation Parkway in Cary when the power poles near him started to waver.

"They started to come down and the last one that came down, came right in front of me," said Bell, who had to sit in his vehicle for about 45 minutes until it was safe to leave.

Aviation Parkway between Evans Road and Gateway Center Boulevard was closed Wednesday evening due to the downed power lines. Officials expect the road to remain closed through the Thursday morning commute.

Marvin Montgomery was sitting in his Durham home when he suddenly heard a loud crash.

A tree fell in an area of the Miami Boulevard house where Montgomery usually is during the afternoon.

"A lot of times during the day, I am lying down taking a nap," he said. "Today, however, I was working on the computer, just by chance. That made all the difference in the world – the reason I am actually here right now."

Nichelle Brooks was driving down Urban Street in Durham after leaving her daughter's graduation when her journey came to an abrupt stop.

"I didn't get two blocks down the road and a tree fell on my car," she said.

No injuries were reported Wednesday as a result of the storms.

Downed trees were reported across the region, including one blocking a lane on Interstate 40 East at Airport Boulevard and two along Poole Road in Raleigh.

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  • tobywilliamson1973 Jun 12, 2014

    What pray tell is a "light thunderstorm" as listed in our 7 day forecast? I've heard it all now.