Severe storms cause power outages in Wake
Posted July 24
Raleigh, N.C. — Nearly 800 Duke Progress Energy customers in Wake County were without power as of 10:30 p.m. Thursday night after severe storms moved through the Triangle.
At its peak, over 3,000 customers were without power.
The majority of the outages were in Wendell. In Raleigh, a transformer blew at 12000 Norwood Road, resulting in lost power in the area, located just north of Interstate 540.
A power outage was also reported at the intersection of New Hope Church Road and Capital Boulevard in Raleigh.
The outages came after severe thunderstorms pushed through central and eastern North Carolina, resulting in severe thunderstorm and flash flood warnings for a number of counties, including Wake, Johnston, Granville, Wilson, Edgecombe, Nash and Franklin.
The severe weather is a result of a cold front moving across the state.
Before reaching the Triangle, the same front produced a fierce storm over a campground in rural Hampton County, Va., that killed two people and injured at least 20 others. A witness who saw the storm described the sky as "jet black."
As cooler, drier air filters in behind the front on Friday, showers will likely be contained to the southeastern part of the area. Daytime highs will climb into the mid-80s.
The weekend will be hot and sunny for much of the area. Highs Saturday will return to the low 90s, and Sunday afternoon temperatures could top out near 95 degrees.
"We still have a chance of showers tomorrow, then we start to bake over the weekend," Maze said.