Storm winds down trees in Raleigh, Cary

Posted September 2, 2013
Updated September 3, 2013

— With winds gusting at almost 60 mph, the storms that marched across central North Carolina whipped power lines and downed trees and branches along their path. 

Mike Muth of Raleigh was startled to see a tall evergreen blocking his path Monday morning when he went out to walk the dog. The tree completely closed Paddock Drive to through traffic.

Muth chose to look on the bright side. The tree didn't damage any property or injure any of his neighbors. His home is in the opposite direction, so he's not trapped. And he has long thought drivers traveled too fast on the residential street.

“I tried to get speedbumps put in the road, now I have a tree," he said. 

The street was still blocked at 5 p.m. Monday. 

In Cary, Cindy Riley's Sunday evening was shaken when a tree from her yard fell onto her White Oak Drive home.

"The whole house shook, even the windows rattled," she said.

Riley's got a bigger problem. Her house is on the market, and she knows a tree on the roof is not a feature in demand with buyers. 

"Well, what do I do now? I am trying to sell, and now there is a tree on the house," she said.


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  • StormyCat Sep 4, 2013

    Don't know what ins. company you deal with but back several years ago my home was struck by lightening. Thank goodness there was no fire, just some structure damage inside and out. My claim was handled and completed in a matter of weeks. Everyone needs to check out getting insurance with State Farm, they are the best as far as I am concerned! Same thing when dealing with some minor hail damage to my vehicle. The adjuster came to me at my place of employment, checked it out and handed me a check on the spot.

  • superman Sep 3, 2013

    A tree fell on my house several years ago and the insurance company was here within 3 days of my call. Keep in mind the insurance companies only have so many adjusters and if it is really a big storm you will have to wait your turn. In the meantime take pictures of the tree on the house. Do everything you can to prevent further damage to your house such as having the tree removed, covering any portions of the roof that is damaged so it doesnt continue to rain in your house. You have a duty to mitigate further damaage. One last reminder, if the tree is dead and it falls on your house, car or a neighbors house--you can forget even calling the insurance company. They dont pay claims for damage done by dead trees falling. We live near Wake Tech and we didnt get a drop of rain or wind.

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Sep 3, 2013

    "Riley's got a bigger problem. Her house is on the market, and she knows a tree on the roof is not a feature in demand with buyers. "

    Yeah, cause like - that tree will stay there forever. NOT!!!


    Her biggest problem is the insurance company which often takes months to settle a claim so the insured can solve problems - time during which more damage often occurs.

    There ought to be a law governing the amount of time an insurance company has to satisfy a claim, and it should never be more than thirty (30) days.

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Sep 3, 2013

    The storms were vicious indeed. We live on top of a hill on sandy soil, and we were astounded to see even our yard was somewhat flooded, so I could only imagine those who live on low land.

    My thoughts went out to them during the storm because I knew they were facing difficulties and even dangers.

  • Cock a doodle doo Sep 3, 2013

    lol@carthoughts... great comment! make lemonade with those lemons.

  • carthoughts Sep 3, 2013

    "Riley's got a bigger problem. Her house is on the market, and she knows a tree on the roof is not a feature in demand with buyers. "

    I feel any realtor worth their salt would be able to spin this appropriately, perhaps, "Rear gutters are easy access for quick and painless cleanings"

  • WralCensorsAreBias Sep 3, 2013

    A little more humidity please.