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Raleigh woman was single fatality in weekend storms

Posted January 13, 2014

— A Raleigh woman's death was the only one reported over the weekend after high winds moved through the Triangle Saturday, downing trees across the area.

Cheryl Harrison, 50, was walking with her husband and son on the Abbotts Creek Trail, near Dunn Road, in north Raleigh around 2:30 p.m. when, police say, wind snapped off part of a tree that hit Harrison. She died at WakeMed.

Harrison, who lived near the trail, was an animal lover and the founder of a Christian a cappella group in the community.

Friends of Harrison's took to her Facebook page to express their sadness.

"I love you so much. You will be missed forever," one wrote on Saturday. "I am so sorry you are gone."

"The world lost a lovely spirit today," another friend wrote.

Neighbor Zak Fathi said he often saw Harrison and her family walking along the trail, and he described the family as wonderful.

"It is unexpected and scary," he said of Harrison's death.

Neighbor Robert Huggins said it came as a surprise. "It's on everybody's mind in the neighborhood," he said.


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  • simplelogic Jan 14, 2014

    The storm shouldn't have caught anyone off guard. High winds had been predicted for several days beforehand, and I believe the area was under a tornado watch at the time. It's very sad that the lady lost her life, but it seems every time a bad windstorm blows through, someone gets killed by a falling tree or limb, even when high winds were forecast. I wish people would start paying attention to weather predictions.

  • eb2cents Jan 14, 2014

    This storm caught so many people off-guard. If I hadn't been working in a store that afternoon (we all went for cover), I would have been out-and-about too, just probably not outside. Strong winds are unpredicable and scary. So sorry for her family and loved ones...

  • Pepe Silvia Jan 14, 2014

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    The storm moved in VERY quickly and most people I know did not expect it to be as bad as it was. Its not normal for this time of year and the weather before it hit was actually pretty nice - One minute I had my windows open enjoying a nice breeze, the next I'm watching one of my outdoor chairs go flying from one side of my very large front porch to the other.

    Once you are out on a trail, there aren't many places you can get to, they probably started heading home as soon as the weather turned.

    RIP Mrs Harrison.

  • jshscott Jan 14, 2014

    Very sad, praying for the family.