Weekend begins with bout of severe weather

Posted July 31, 2009
Updated August 1, 2009

— A heavy downpour, accompanied by thunder and lightning, passed through the Triangle Friday afternoon, prompting severe thunderstorm warnings and watches and downing trees and power lines in some areas.

Much of the eastern half of North Carolina was under a severe thunderstorm watch Friday. The watch was canceled, but the chance of showers continued overnight, WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze said.

Maze described this week's weather – partly cloudy skies, hot and humid with a chance of some afternoon storms – as "a typical summertime pattern."

A visitor sent pictures of "ominous looking" clouds over her home in Holly Springs. "It is now storming like a monsoon," she wrote. (View photos from visitors.)

Trees were down in several locations in Holly Springs, including one that fell on a house at 1001 Skymont Drive.

In the Sunset Ridge neighborhood in Holly Springs, powerful winds caused trees to fall on three homes.

Weekend begins with bout of severe weather Downed trees strike houses in Holly Springs

Homeowner Jennifer Gilbert said she thought the tree falling on her home was a tornado.

“The kids were asleep. We got the kids. We were going to the pantry,” Gilbert said.

A visitor also reported trees on several vehicles in the 3300 block of Friar Tuck Road in Raleigh. Raleigh police dispatch confirmed several reports of trees and power lines down in the area.

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The storm front will likely stall at the coast through the weekend, making for mostly cloudy days on the beach.

"The chance of hit-and-miss storms is present every day in the forecast," Maze said.


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  • MrsTaz Jul 31, 2009

    I'm in Holly Springs - we lost half of gorgeous Bradford Pear tree, probably from heavy winds. Just tore the branches from the trunk practically down the middle. Our neighbors have a pine tree down in their yard. Thankfully, no one was hurt. My dogs and their kids were inside at the time.

  • rescuefan Jul 31, 2009

    Geez people, if you don't want to read it, don't click on the story. Some of you would rather complain about everything that is posted instead. Why do you come to WRAL? Find another new channel to read if you don't like how WRAL does it.

    We had a lot of thunder, but not much rain from the first storm this afternoon. I hope everyone in Holly Springs is okay!

  • Daisygirlforever Jul 31, 2009

    Hey, at least we don't have any drought worries this summer! Yeah, rain.

  • colliedave Jul 31, 2009

    yep, Summer thunder-boomers warrant top billing in the news.

  • oldrebel Jul 31, 2009

    Kind of cool to click on the current Johnston County radar screen on WRAL and follow the 'lines' back to the radar site out on or near HWY 70.

  • mrmud4x4 Jul 31, 2009

    wow! ......and this is different from 5 years, 8 years, 12, 15, 20 years ago? the summer? who would have known?

  • juchushu Jul 31, 2009

    I live in Wake Forest and it thundred briefly but never rained at all! The wather is crazy!

  • kikinc Jul 31, 2009

    To clarify my earlier statement, I love thunderstorms, but not when there's damage to people or property. I hope no one got hurt in this storm!

  • injameswetrust2003 Jul 31, 2009

    News alert! Thunderstorms possible during the afternoon in summer N.C.! Can I get paid to tell people this? I should have been a weatherman.

  • icdumbpeople Jul 31, 2009

    I love the rain! It makes hay $3.50 a bale and not $10.00 a bale!!!