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Severe storms cause power outages in Wake

Posted July 24

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— 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.

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  • Mon Account Jul 25, 10:56 a.m.

    I was in Harris Teeter when the power went out. One register was still working and, of course, the first people in line had 2 completely full carts. They looked at the 9 of us behind them, no one with carts, everyone holding 2-3 items.
    They didn't offer to let anyone else go ahead - even 1 or 2 people - thankfully the store got another register going within 5 minutes and we all moved to it, politely maintaining order, and then watched those other people pay with a check. SMH

    Long story short: I'm glad for the rain and that there was no serious damage around here. Not glad that some people can be quite rude, especially under circumstances like this. (first world problems, right?!?)

  • zovi Jul 24, 7:19 p.m.

    It was Northampton county, not Hampton!

  • golfprincess Jul 24, 12:24 p.m.

    WRAL - fix your radar - it is obviously not working...pouring in south west cary - yet radar... View More

    — Posted by short

    don't use their radar... go to noaa.gov instead

  • tobywilliamson1973 Jul 24, 11:55 a.m.

    So much for the "afternoon rain event". I think it will be over by then, folks.

  • davidjunk2 Jul 24, 11:21 a.m.

    http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/Home/StateDroughtMonitor.aspx?NC
    Southern Wake County currently is classified as Abnormally Dry.

  • short Jul 24, 9:12 a.m.

    WRAL - fix your radar - it is obviously not working...pouring in south west cary - yet radar shows nothing

  • tobywilliamson1973 Jul 24, 9:11 a.m.

    Can't believe we are getting all the rain so far and Wake co. isn't. We desperately need it.