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Overnight storms leave downed trees

Posted July 29, 2010
Updated July 30, 2010

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— Lightning and heavy rain moved through the Triangle overnight Thursday causing nearly 2,000 power outages in Wake County and leaving some downed trees.

A tree fell on a house at 904 E. Martin St. in Raleigh, according to dispatchers. A couple who were in the home at the time of the incident were able to get out safely.

Raleigh viewer Peter Bruce said lightning struck his house at about 10:20 p.m. and caused some minor damage.

"The fire dept is coming to ensure that everything is OK, but it seems there is no fire," he told WRAL News.

At 10:40 p.m., WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze wrote on Twitter: "The power in the (WRAL) studio just flickered...hearing thunder!"

The severe weather was spurred from a passing cold front.

Duplin County was under a tornado warning for about 45 minutes after radar indicated a tornado near Magnolia moving south at 10 mph. That warning expired at 5:15 p.m.

Authorities with the Duplin County Office of Emergency Management reported trees were blown down around Kenansville and several wrecks had occurred on Interstate 40.

The storms died out by early Friday, which is expected to be mostly sunny with highs in the mid 90s. A drier air mass will make it feel cooler.

"We will have a drop in humidity ... a one-day wonder," Maze said.

The weekend will see highs in the low 90s with a chance of thunderstorms on Sunday.

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  • Scubagirl Jul 30, 2010

    "Live 1 mile west of Crabtree mall lightning knocked out AC unit last night. Been here 13.5 years from NJ & love it. I agree if you don't like it, go back were you came from. Tell anyone else thinking about coming to RDU area it sucks. It's getting to crowded here anyway. map1agmachining"

    AGREED!!! Been here all my life and couldn't agree with that statement more. Folks who come here and don't like it, are most welcome to turn the car around and head back to where they originated.

  • Remy Jul 30, 2010

    It is interesting that some adults still don't get that weather forecasting is not an exact science. Many don't listen closely, when they hear the word rain, they just assume it will rain at thier house. Those need to get thier own degree and forecast their own weather. Then we can all see how well they do.

  • Weetie Jul 30, 2010

    Road-wearier: Northerners that come down and complain about everything here just amuse me. If it's so lousy here, why do they stay? And if it's so much better up north, where's the migration northward?

    EXACTLY!!! I could not have said this better. THANK YOU!

  • wakemom Jul 30, 2010

    lets not forget earthquakes in dc and md area too

  • wakemom Jul 30, 2010

    there have been hotter days in dc, md, ny, etc than here in nc. they have had violent storms and tornadoes.

  • Road-wearier Jul 30, 2010

    "This is the worst place for getting an accurate forecast I've ever seen."

    Think of the weather in eastern NC as being a 2 year old child. Can you predict what a hot, sticky 2 year old kid will be doing in 2 hours? Didn't think so.

    Northerners that come down and complain about everything here just amuse me. If it's so lousy here, why do they stay? And if it's so much better up north, where's the migration northward?

  • Remy Jul 30, 2010

    "This is the worst place for getting an accurate forecast I've ever seen." Youcant handle

    Maybe you do not have much to compare with, how many other places have you followed the forecast so closely that you can compare?

  • kikinc Jul 30, 2010

    You know, of course it's hot here! It's the summertime. I'm originally from Long Island, and let me tell you. I'll take the hotter summers here any day. Why? There's AC down here. Not so much up there. A lot of people don't see the point in having it since they only need it a month or so. Doesn't help when the temps are in the 90s, and you're stuck sitting in a hot, stuffy classroom!

  • Weetie Jul 30, 2010

    NJTarheel: IMO North Carolina is the best place on earth to live...For anyone who has to "learn to live here" it might just be that you are in the wrong place. In other words, if you don't like it, leave it!

  • hollylama Jul 30, 2010

    Its definitely cooler outside. But this storm wasn't as bad as the one that came through on 7/20

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