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Storms bring flooding, downed trees

Posted August 5, 2010
Updated August 6, 2010

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— Central North Carolina saw summer storms Thursday night as the brutal heat made way for a cold front.

Several areas were placed under severe thunderstorm warnings as a line of storms headed east, bringing with it cloud-to-ground lightning and damaging winds.

Around 7 p.m., a man was struck by lightning on New Light Road in Raleigh, 911 dispatchers said. His name and condition were not released.

By 10:30 p.m., WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze said the worst of the storms was over.

In Raleigh, the storms causes some minor flooding on Glenwood Avenue near the intersection of Lynn Road. Police directed traffic away from the area and reopened the road around 1:15 a.m.

Lightning might have caused several fires in the area, dispatchers said. The fires were reported in the 2300 block of Basid Drive, 9100 block of Leesville Road and 8700 block of Master Court. The fires were under control and produced no major damage.

Damage and reports of downed trees were reported in Wake,  Durham, Forsyth, Person and Orange counties.

At its peak, Progress Energy reported about 1,700 outages in Wake County and around 900 outages in Franklin and Lee counties.

All flights into and out of Raleigh-Durham International Airport were delayed while storms moved through the area, airport representatives said. Two flights were canceled, but it is unknown if it was due to weather.

Excessive heat and humidity created potentially dangerous conditions Thursday as temperatures soared near the 100-degree mark and the heat index even higher.

At Raleigh-Durham International Airport, the heat index reached 113 degrees at 3:30 p.m.

Friday will be partly to mostly cloudy with highs in the lower to mid-90s. A cold front moving into the area Friday could bring more showers and storms, some of which could be severe.

"There's a very small chance of rain on Saturday and then there will be an extended period of mainly dry weather with a chance for the heat really building again next week," Fishel said.

It was lightning, not wind, from storms overnight Wednesday into Thursday to blame for at least one of several fires in the Triangle, authorities said.

Authorities say lightning sparked a house fire in Cary around 1:30 a.m. No one was hurt.

About 30 minutes later, crews responded to a fire at a townhouse in Carriage Downs in Apex. There were no reports of injuries, and investigators weren't immediately sure whether lightning was to blame.

Around 5 a.m., Raleigh firefighters fought a blaze on Rowland Road after a forklift at a construction rental facility caught fire. Some fuel from the forklift leaked into a drain and sparked flames.

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  • Peace Love and Cold Meds Aug 6, 2010

    winter, winter lasts about 5 maybe 6 weeks. the last 5 January's averaged 70+. the weather here stanks. they sensationalize it and grab their ratings from it, but can't ever seem to understand all we need are some misters, cold drinks and less "chief meteorologist" time eating up our precious airwaves.

  • TeresaBee Aug 6, 2010

    It's hotter than standing infront of a running over heated car with it's hood up! One of the hottest summers I can ever remember.

  • Bendal1 Aug 5, 2010

    It was too hot to fish today, and that's saying something!

  • grayboomerang Aug 5, 2010

    john...I hear you about the dog. I have one that will wake you up if she hears thunder. I sat up last night from 1-2 with the dogs.

    I'm so ready for winter....come on December.

  • Nanny113 Aug 5, 2010

    It is really not the temp that is the issue but it is the humidity level. For those that work outside or in manufacturing with little to no AC they will tell you a dry 98 degrees is way cooler than a humid 98 degrees.

  • john283594 Aug 5, 2010

    Man, I hope the storms ain't going to make my little dog go nuts again tonight, I need some sleep!

  • Peace Love and Cold Meds Aug 5, 2010

    colliedave, you're right about that. I think they put it in the plane bays. It's never accurate, but neither are the local forecasts. It's 11 degrees cooler here. Must be the lack of concrete.

    As for "it only takes one hurricane", yep, you're correct. And when was the last one here exactly? It's been so long I can't recall.

  • colliedave Aug 5, 2010

    And Southeast Raleigh HighSchool Has NO Air Conditioning !!!
    tippinbyya1

    tough. I grew up in Tampa and my school did not have air conditioning. The dorm at NCCIW where I hold my bible studies also lacks a/c. The conference room where I hold the studies has a/c and gives some a reason to attend

  • colliedave Aug 5, 2010

    At Raleigh-Durham International Airport, the heat index reached 113 degrees at 3:30 p.m.

    I am willing to bet the thermometer was placed on/near the tarmac or on the roof.

  • seankelly15 Aug 5, 2010

    A 'cold front'? You have predicted highs in the 90s for the rest of the week. Where is the 'cold front'?

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