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Storms leave isolated damage

Posted April 28, 2011

— After a day of tornado watches and warnings for much of the WRAL viewing area, the threat for tornadoes subsided on Thursday evening and only isolated damage was reported. 

In Duplin County, there were reports of downed trees near Magnolia and damaged barns at a pig farm in Rose Hill.

Thomas Murphy, 81, of Rose Hill, said he watched as his family's homes were torn apart during the storm.

"I looked out over there and saw my daughter's fence was gone and her roof was up in the air just twisting," he said. "You didn't have time to prepare."

Duplin County sees some storm damage Duplin County sees some storm damage

Damage was also reported in Columbus County where the roof was blown off of a furniture restoration business on Old Lake Road in the Buckhead community. The business suffered water damage inside.

A passing cold front could bring some rain Thursday night, but nothing severe is expected, WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel said.

Calmer, more pleasant weather will settle in for the weekend.

Friday and Saturday will see a high in the mid 70s, and Sunday in the low 80s as sunny skies predominate.

Storms bring tornado, flooding threat

Earlier Thursday, trained spotters said they saw two funnel clouds form near Elizabethtown in Bladen County. Firefighters told the National Weather said they saw a possible tornado between Tar Heel and Dublin.

Robeson County Sheriff Kenneth Sealey said that a funnel cloud was spotted west of Fairmont around 1 p.m., but by nightfall there had been no reports of major damage or injuries.

Storms dumped 1 to 2 inches of rain in Wake, Johnston and Harnett counties early Thursday afternoon, prompting a flood advisory.

Standing water was reported on Interstate 40 and U.S. Highway 70 in Garner and U.S. Highway 64 in Wendell.

Severe thunderstorms also hit Wayne, Hoke, Sampson, Scotland and Richmond counties Thursday morning.

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  • Shamrock Apr 29, 1:27 p.m.

    "look around the corner, someone's watchinnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn u."
    5 Dollar Gas Is Your Fault

    That is OK, I have nothing to hide. Can YOU say the same?

  • Shamrock Apr 29, 12:25 p.m.

    5 dollar - LOL! No ones agrees with you about anything.

  • Big Mike Apr 28, 6:48 p.m.

    Uh, err, Uh..now we can..uhh..err..see that...Uh..err..there is ..Uhhh..err..rotation...Uhhh...Err......! WRAL..Please !! I could be dead by the time we get through with all the Uuhhs and Errs!...

  • 6079 SMITH W Apr 28, 4:46 p.m.

    JUST you? Your name is really Sybil T. Bass, then.....the lesser known, but multipresent , sister of Ernest T. Bass. ;)

  • Bring on the 4 Dollar Gas Apr 28, 4:17 p.m.

    intheno,

    you are far from that with your conspiracy theory. i'm me and that's it buddy. it's people like you who can't stand it because more than 1 person agrees about something.

    look around the corner, someone's watchinnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn u.

  • hfweather Apr 28, 4:04 p.m.

    Not sure what part of NC you are in, but here in Harnett County, we do have shelters available and they were also available on April 16 and have been offered for years prior to now.........
    nellbaby
    GOLO member since October 21, 2010
    April 28, 2011 1:41 p.m.

    THEY LIKE OTHER NC COUNTIES WERE OPENED AFTER THE STORM ON APRIL 16.DO YOU NOT KNOW WHAT AFTER THE FACT MEANS?THIS TIME THEY ARE OPENED BEFORE THE STORMS HIT HELLO!!!

  • hfweather Apr 28, 4:02 p.m.

    News flash. Hfweather still can't figure out caps lock but tries to present information as if it were fact. Obviously a source of reliable information. Don't worry. You can miss their posts. They're the most obnoxious, missinformed ones on here, BUT THEY ARE NOTICABLE.
    cantstandgoloanymore
    April 28, 2011 3:52 p.m.
    Report abuse

    name says it all.....WHY ARE YOU EVEN HERE???

  • cantstandgoloanymore Apr 28, 3:52 p.m.

    News flash. Hfweather still can't figure out caps lock but tries to present information as if it were fact. Obviously a source of reliable information. Don't worry. You can miss their posts. They're the most obnoxious, missinformed ones on here, BUT THEY ARE NOTICABLE.

  • der_Marv_meister Apr 28, 2:44 p.m.

    Is that anything like Festivus day? lol

  • tobywilliamson58 Apr 28, 2:15 p.m.

    Have a happy brime day! If it hails, we can make brime cream!! YIPPIE!!

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