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Mild morning follows night of rumbling storms

Posted August 8, 2012
Updated August 9, 2012

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— Triangle residents woke up Thursday to calm skies and cooler temperatures, a welcome break from strong thunderstorms that rumbled through the area the night before.

"You can definitely feel the change," WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said. "We're having a pretty morning out there."

The temperature in Raleigh at dawn was a pleasant 68 degrees with considerably less humidity than earlier in the week. The high is expected to reach 92 degrees.

"Today we should have a little bit of a break," Gardner said. But that doesn't mean there won't be a chance of thunderstorms like those that swept across the region Wednesday evening, knocking out power and downing trees.

A disturbance in the upper atmosphere caused the band of storms that descended on the Triangle around 7:30 p.m.  Weather - rainbow over Rolesville Watercolor skies follow Wednesday's storms

In Sanford, police received numerous reports of downed tree limbs and power lines. More than 3,000 people were without power there at 6:30 p.m., according to Progress Energy.

A toppled tree fell on to a house on McNeil Road near Hopkins Avenue, police said. No one was injured.

While Friday should be relatively calm, the threat of ugly weather returns on Saturday.

"We're getting ready to move back into an unstable period," Gardner said. "Saturday is going to be one of those days where you might want to stay inside and maybe take a nap."

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  • Skywatch_NC Aug 9, 2012

    Sounds like the homeowner is at fault. If they had cleaned up the toppled tree the first time, it wouldn't have fallen onto the house.

    Keyboard cat, toppled means another way of saying blew/blown down.

  • Skywatch_NC Aug 9, 2012

    "A toppled tree fell on to a house on McNeil Road near Hopkins Avenue, police said. No one was injured."

    So, the tree had already been toppled, then it fell again and hit the house? More ace story writing from WRAL's top-notch news team. Kudos to Bridget and Angie.

    Meaning the tree toppled (was blown down) and fell on the house.

  • Skywatch_NC Aug 9, 2012

    While Friday should be relatively calm, the threat of ugly weather returns on Saturday.

    Rather, both Friday and Saturday.

  • Keyboard cat Aug 9, 2012

    "A toppled tree fell on to a house on McNeil Road near Hopkins Avenue, police said. No one was injured."

    Sounds like the homeowner is at fault. If they had cleaned up the toppled tree the first time, it wouldn't have fallen onto the house.

  • goner Aug 9, 2012

    "A toppled tree fell on to a house on McNeil Road near Hopkins Avenue, police said. No one was injured."

    So, the tree had already been toppled, then it fell again and hit the house? More ace story writing from WRAL's top-notch news team. Kudos to Bridget and Angie.

  • tootiefrootie Aug 9, 2012

    It was a fabulous storm. Drove through it on 540 from E Wake Cty to Louisburg Road, oh it was intense. Then came back home on 540 to see the rainbows and fantastic lightning behind the storm. The sunset reminded me that Fall is soon.

  • Skywatch_NC Aug 9, 2012

    Got 2" in my gauge here in the Wakefield area yesterday evening. :)

  • luvstoQ Aug 8, 2012

    Just north of Falls Lake (N. of Raleigh) a severe T'storm just passed - dumped 2 1/2" rain in 30min. with lots of lightning, thunder and wind. No damage we can see.