Raleigh, N.C. — 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.