Severe thunderstorms cause downed trees, stuck cars in Raleigh

Posted July 10, 2014
Updated July 11, 2014

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— Wake County was hit with lightning, heavy rain and strong winds as commuters made their way home Thursday afternoon.

The storms passed through the area at about 6 p.m., resulting in:

  • More than 2,220 Duke Progress Energy customers in Wake County without power.
  • About 3.59 inches of rain in Garner.
  • Dime-sized hail in Holly Springs.
  • Wind damage in Cary.
  • Downed trees in Raleigh near Glenwood Avenue and Creedmoor Road and on Brookhaven Drive near Wedgewood Drive.
  • Cars stuck in water in Raleigh on Hillsborough Street near Western Boulevard and on Capital Boulevard near West Johnson Street.
  • A home on Mordecai Drive in Raleigh sustaining 4 feet of water in its basement and garage.

The storms are due to a slow-moving front that has stalled over the region.

Severe thunderstorm warnings were issued for most central North Carolina counties Thursday, including Wake, Johnston, Lee, Chatham, Franklin and Nash counties.

Severe thunderstorm watches were issued for a number of counties, including Cumberland, Harnett, Halifax, Edgecombe, Wilson and Wayne.

Afternoon storms toppled numerous trees and brought down some power lines in parts of Sanford Wednesday afternoon.

Thursday's high temperature struggled to reach the upper 80s due to cloud cover and rain.


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  • davidjunk2 Jul 11, 2014

    Looks like the Triangle area got quite a soaking from yesterday's storms. I hope everyone didn't waste too much water on their gardens.

  • Don Dickerson Jul 10, 2014
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    My neighbor is currently holding a storm party in her front (my back) yard. South central Wake. Severe indeed. Must be a dozen kids out there, all screaming at each crack of thunder (especially the really close sharp ones).

  • tobywilliamson1973 Jul 10, 2014

    Well, I've gotten .3 of an inch towards that 1'' so far. Maybe we are supposed to get a lot more tonite, huh? Got a long ways to go. .

  • Super Hans Jul 10, 2014

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    Yep. Not a drop to be seen here. But "down east" is still a part of the "viewing area", so they can claim a victory on this one.

  • Obamacare for America Jul 10, 2014

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    Another year, another epic drought for the Triangle. All of the rain is setting up east of the viewing area now. Glad I watered earlier this morning.

  • Steve Austin Jul 10, 2014
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    @SBR1963 Sorry they aren't spoon feeding your neighborhood weather patterns. I suggest you write to them on twitter so they can make adjustments.

  • WralCensorsAreBias Jul 10, 2014

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    Like I said, water the garden and lawn if you want them to live. The drought is back, but shhhh, if we ignore it all will be okay.

  • Suzanne Reichert Cromer Jul 10, 2014
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    Won't hold my breath. They are never on target with the rain.

  • Obamacare for America Jul 10, 2014

    Hey look, all of the rain is north of the Triangle. *grabs garden hose again*

  • Heather Brittingham Jul 10, 2014
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    Gardens are much happier with rain water than with city water.