Storms bring rain, hail along I-95

Posted May 27, 2010

— An outbreak of summer storms popped up along the Interstate 95 corridor Thursday evening, knocking out power to much of Roanoke Rapids and Weldon.

Dime-sized hail was reported from storm cells in Warrenton and Roanoke Rapids, WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel said.

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High winds blew through a carnival in the parking lot at Becker Village Mall, 1620 E. Tenth St. in Roanoke Rapids, knocking over rides and stalls and damaging cars, according to Halifax County dispatchers. The carnival was supposed to be open on Thursday night but closed due to lightning. It is expected to reopen at 5 p.m. on Friday.

Rain, hail hit Roanoke Rapids Rain, hail hit Roanoke Rapids

Emergency personnel responded to reports of downed power lines and trees across Roanoke Rapids.

Dominion Power, which serves customers in northern North Carolina and throughout Virginia, reported 3,000 customers without power in the Roanoke Rapids area.

Large limbs were blocking part of Jefferson Street, authorities said. No injuries had been reported related to the storm damage.

In Northampton County, authorities were responding to a report that a roof had blown off a house in Gaston and that lightning had struck a home in Jackson.

Skies were generally clear across North Carolina after a hot a humid day when temperatures reached into the 90s. Another muggy evening was on tap, Fishel said.

Friday's forecast contains much of the same – sun, humidity and an increased probability of some thunderstorms in the afternoon.


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  • kristalrose29 May 28, 2010

    It had such bad timing, too, hitting right at 5 pm like that. I was picking my kids up from after-school care and trying to get back across town. We sat in the driveway of the house waiting on the hail to stop before trying to get out of the car. My little ones were a little afraid--they couldn't remember seeing hail before.

  • sparksmc May 28, 2010

    The storm was absolutely crazy! There were several downed trees, and I expected a tornado to come through. It really came out of no where!

  • Skywatch_NC May 28, 2010

    Used that lightning pic for my new wx geek screen saver! :)

  • RoRap99 May 27, 2010

    I was in the Roanoke Rapids Wal-Mart (unfortunately) when the power went out and hail started coming down hard on the metal roof. It was really something. Parts of town look like a mild hurricane went through it.

  • Suasponte May 27, 2010

    Say what?

  • Adelinthe May 27, 2010

    Wonder how far down 95 it's gona go.

    Sometimes the heat from that asphalt highway seems to energize storms and keep 'em coming.

    Praying for all in the damage, and for all in this storm's path.

    God bless.