Downed trees, power lines reported in Harnett County

Posted July 8, 2010

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— A tree fell on a home in Harnett County after a batch of late afternoon storms pushed through central North Carolina on Thursday.

The home, along Saunders Court in Spring Lake, suffered structural and water damage when the tree fell through the upstairs bedroom.

“It sounded as though there was a ton of bricks dropped on the house,” homeowner Rodney Bryant said.

Bryant said they were in the process of putting in an addition in the back of the home. No one was injured.

Junior Lee, 70, was sitting in a golf cart under a carport at his mother’s home on Bethel Baptist Church Road in Spring Lake when the storm rolled through.

“The wind got so rough, I could not leave. I just had to stay where I was at,” Lee said. “It scared me to death.”

A tree nearby fell on the shelter, but an SUV parked underneath the carport kept it from falling on Lee.

Several yards away on Lee’s family farm, a 100-foot long barn was tossed in a nearby pond. “It picked it up and flipped it upside down and dropped it in the pond,” witness Lee Landreth said.

spring lake Storm downs trees, power lines in Harnett County

Trees and power lines were also reported down along N.C. Highway 201 south near Spring Lake. Authorities said a mobile home in the area was also damaged when the roof was ripped off in the storm. The American Red Cross was on the scene to assist the family.

Flat Branch Volunteer Fire Department Chief T.J. McLamb said there were several reports of damage in the area, mainly downed trees and power lines. There were no reports of injuries. The Red Cross were on the scene to assist the family.

"The Lord is looking after us," McLamb said.

The heat of the day helped spawn the series of storms, which prompted several severe thunderstorm warnings, WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze said.

The threat of storms dissipated as the heat of the day died down, but the chance of rain returns on Friday with scattered storms expected late in the day and into the evening. An approaching cold front will bring the chance of spotty showers and storms through the night.


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  • NoFreakinWay Jul 9, 2010

    man this and now more air quality action days? It is the end of time and the wral weather squad is to blame!

  • saturn5 Jul 8, 2010

    I did my best to help. I washed my car. :)
    And it poured down rain just as I was finishing, so it must have worked.

  • twc Jul 8, 2010

    I don't know what they're seeing for Wake!

  • thewayitis Jul 8, 2010

    Sigh. It only cools you off if you're lucky enough to get one! We had a cell directly north of us, but then it shifted westward, bypassing us totally.

  • Xscout577 Jul 8, 2010

    Give it a few minutes, Rev RB. It's about to roll thru MXR (McGee's Crossroads) & heading your way. =)

  • krazikatt2 Jul 8, 2010

    We just got about 15 drops in Knightdale...not gonna do much for the brown grass though...

  • Adelinthe Jul 8, 2010


    We didn't get squat in Angier, dang it all.

    We need rain, Lord, at least an inch, k - but you can keep the thunder and lightning, if You don't mind.

    God bless.


  • unc70 Jul 8, 2010

    We just had a small but rather strong storm cell pass through Chapel Hill. The heavy rain was welcome since many of us had gone a couple of weeks since our previous scatter thunderstorm.

    We had a lot of close lightening strikes, disrupting power, and setting off alarms. Would not be surprised to hear of house fires in the area.

    Relief from the heat? Not really; more like a sauna.

  • Big D 87 Jul 8, 2010

    thank god for the Rain please bring us some more Amen

  • mamabearprotectinghercub Jul 8, 2010

    I really hope we get more rain, we need it, my grass is dieing & I can't stand that. But I hope we get lots of rain. If we get that lucky.