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Severe storm threat returns Friday afternoon as cleanup continues

Posted June 24

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— More showers and thunderstorms are possible on Friday afternoon but won't be as severe as storms that rumbled through on Thursday night.

Reports of hail and wind damage peppered areas from Kentucky to central North Carolina as the storms rolled through Thursday night. Hail the size of tennis balls was reported in Bethel Hill, which sits near the Virginia border, and wind brought down trees in Henderson.

"This time yesterday, we were looking at far more activity across West Virginia and Kentucky than what we're seeing now," said WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze. "So, the bottom line is, I don't think it's going to be as bad (as yesterday) and not as widespread."

The new wave of storms will begin to threaten the area after lunchtime and into the early afternoon. Some of those storms could remain in the region overnight.

"The potential is for damaging winds, large hail, heavy rain later on during the afternoon into the evening," Maze said. "I think the storms will be more widely scattered ... than last evening."

A planned presentation of "Sister Act," part of downtown Raleigh's summer outdoor movie series, was canceled for Friday evening due to the threat.

A cold front moving in behind the storms will bring more stable air on Saturday, though a few showers could linger.

Some residents around the Triangle are still cleaning up from the overnight storms. Donnicia Pepper lives in Raleigh near Hensley Drive where a large tree fell across the road, and she said the road was closed until crews moved the tree from the roadway.

"Just complete and total shock," Pepper said. "Oh my goodness. ... And then what do I do? There's this huge tree across the road an no traffic can go by."

Many of the fallen trees have been moved out of roads, but crews are still working on cleaning up the mess.

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