Strong winds down trees in Cary, Raleigh

Posted July 3, 2014

A tree fell in the Crossroads area of Cary on July 3, 2014.

— The Triangle and central North Carolina saw rain and scattered thunderstorms Thursday, thanks to Hurricane Arthur and a cold front moving east across the state.

But those storms – some of which caused down trees in Raleigh – are temporary as the cold front moves through the area Thursday night and Arthur – gaining strength as it headed toward the North Carolina coast – moves away by Friday.

"Fortunately, because Arthur is picking up speed, it does look like our Fourth of July is going to be OK," WRAL meteorologist Aimee WIlmoth said.

Winds appear to have caused a tree to fall on top of a car at the corner of St. Mary's Street and Hillsborough Street in Raleigh, temporarily causing traffic issues.

On Coldwater Court in north Raleigh, a tree fell into a cul-de-sac, and a tree planted in a median in the Crossroads area of Cary also fell.

Come Friday, though, conditions will be nice – clear skies with no rain in sight.

Temperatures reached the upper 80s to lower 90s Thursday. Friday's highs will reach into the mid-80s.

Those clear conditions and temperatures persist for the holiday weekend.

Despite several Independence Day celebrations being postponed along the coast, most local events were still scheduled, as of Thursday morning.

Rocky Mount, however, canceled its 43rd annual Independence Celebration that was planned for Thursday night. A new date and time has not been set.


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  • tobywilliamson1973 Jul 3, 2014

    Kinda funny. The front is not producing the rain as was the forecast. This rain is a result of the hurricane. Better luck next time.

  • Steven Jul 3, 2014

    Did I hear right that power and trees are down in parts of Raleigh now?

  • deactivate Jul 3, 2014

    They keep saying 4th looks good, however, we are in a Hurricane right now! There will be rain bands and possible tornadoes, fallen trees, power lines and flooding. Can't believe they are not being more serious.

  • WralCensorsAreBias Jul 3, 2014

    "it sounds like those of us staying closer to home should be good this weekend."

    We are always good close to home. In the land of drought.

  • Grant Boettcher Jul 2, 2014
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    check that, 52!

  • tobywilliamson1973 Jul 2, 2014

    Wish the storm would come inland and bring us some rain!!

  • Grant Boettcher Jul 2, 2014
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    come to Asheville! Low Thursday is supposed to be 58!

  • Shamrock Jul 2, 2014

    Sorry about the weather along the coast but it sounds like those of us staying closer to home should be good this weekend.