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Overnight storms leave debris, damage

Posted November 16, 2010
Updated November 17, 2010

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— Late-season thunderstorms swept through North Carolina early Wednesday, leaving debris and damage from the Triad to the Triangle and east past Rocky Mount.

Residents reported more than three dozen instances of downed trees, toppled power lines and damaged buildings due to high winds, according to the National Weather Service.

Much of the damage was concentrated in the Triangle and the Rocky Mount areas, and many residents woke up to find debris scattered across their yards.   Storms leave debris, damage Storms leave debris, damage

Residents in Hedingham Golf Course Community in Raleigh said shingles and were torn siding from their homes. No one was hurt.

Zebulon resident Buddy Amos awoke around 1 a.m. to find his mobile home and vehicles damaged. A neighbor's metal and wooden shed was ripped up in the storm, and the debris crashed into Amos' two vehicles and home at 125 Legend Valley Lane.

Amos said he had moved into the home three months ago and recently completed renovations, most of which were destroyed when the shed crashed through his roof and smashed windows.

"It’s ironic. I just renovated the front room and put beds in there for my grandkids Friday," he said.

Amos' pickup truck, which was also damaged, was just paid off two months ago, he said. His Buick, which he drives to work, was also damaged.

The storms were ominous enough so that at one point, a tornado watch was issued for eastern and central North Carolina counties. No tornadoes, however, were recorded.

Rainfall totals ranged from to six-tenths of an inch in Sanford to two-hundredths in Fayetteville. Most areas saw about a quarter-inch of rain.

After the sun rose Wednesday, the weather calmed down dramatically. Wednesday saw mostly sunny and breezy conditions, with highs in the lower to mid 60s. 

"The rain is over, and we're not expecting any more today or really through the weekend," WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said.

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  • DSRider Nov 17, 2010

    Our emergency weather radio gave us a warning so we were expecting the wind and rain. If you don't have an emergency weather radio, get one!

  • Diabolical Nov 17, 2010

    quote MeBNme "my house... Total calm, no wind, rain, nothing. I was thinking, well, looks like it will probably pass us by."

    litle while later, calm as a church mouse... then WHAM! sounded like a crazy intense ehave rain storm hit out of nowhere. Looked out the window.... no rain, but the wind was spinning leaves and limbs horizontally in circular spinning motion all around the house as high as you could see."

    That how it was here. Out of no where, all these noises started whirling and everything looked like it was blowing in a circular motion. It was so pitch black, I couldn't see a thing. So,I was like what does a tornado look like in pitch black...Would of been nice if happened during the day so this way I could see it coming and run for my life. lol Rather than try to guess at it.

  • 007KnightRider Nov 17, 2010

    The wind was blowing hard last night. I went outside this morning only to see leaves everywhere. I will have to get out the mower this week/weekend. I just mowed leaves Saturday. Oh well, it could have been worse.

  • meBNme Nov 17, 2010

    my house... Total calm, no wind, rain, nothing.
    I was thinking, well, looks like it will probably pass us by."

    litle while later, calm as a church mouse... then WHAM! sounded like a crazy intense ehave rain storm hit out of nowhere.
    Looked out the window.... no rain, but the wind was spinning leaves and limbs horizontally in circular spinning motion all around the house as high as you could see.

    The "freight train sound" stories came to mind when I looked up the street to see what on earth kind of big rig truck was making
    all that noise, only to see no truck.

    I looked around for my big boy pants cause I realized that any second the ones I was wearing might become rather unfit for wearing. I coulndt find em so I started praying.
    I said "God, This home, this property, and all of us who are in it, belong to you. Please shield this place and protect us from harm, In Jesus name. I trust you Lord."

    Now some of you will laugh. Some of you will say its all coincidense. Say whatever you wil

  • edits Nov 17, 2010

    I live in Clayton and woke up, stumbled to the living room to find my 19 year old daughter standing with the front door wide open, rain, small hail and leaves blowing in as she declares, "Mom! It's tornadoin' outside! No, just kidding, I checked the storm velocities on the radar just like you taught me and there is no tornado!". I have created a monster!!! There were a couple of small trees down in the yard and a big one across the street and a lot of leaves blown off, some trees are naked now.

  • mad_dash Nov 17, 2010

    I live in Broadway. It was very bad at our house. I went and got the children and put them in our room with us. We live in a stick built house, and I thought it was a tornado coming any min. One member of the family lives in a singlewide, they said it sounded like it was bending!

  • hazeyc Nov 17, 2010

    My son woke up around 11:30 asking where the dog was that stays in his room - the door was closed. He found him under the bed. It's a big dog too. Everyone had to come sleep in Mom & Dad's room that night. Kinda tired today.

  • I am not who you think I am Nov 17, 2010

    Northern Orange Co. safe and sound. Must be something about you folks over in eastern Wake Co.. Must be bad mojo on you guys

  • tarheelblue919 Nov 17, 2010

    it was pretty rough here at our house last night, we live in granville county. i was pretty worried. the outdoor furniture blowing around, and i dont know what was hitting the sides of the house but i sure was glad when it was gone away from here!

  • venitapeyton Nov 17, 2010

    I thought a thunderstorm warning was to expire at 12:15 am but instead it hit here in East Raleigh AT 12:15 am! Lights out, TV out, phone out...all for around 7-10 seconds. Then everything came back on, but the phone. Something really special about 'old' neighborhoods...

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