Storms linger over Triangle; lightning sparks two house fires

Posted June 28, 2011
Updated June 29, 2011

— A cold front moved into the area Tuesday afternoon and evening, bringing thunderstorms, excessive lightning, damaging wind gusts and heavy rainfall.

Two lines of severe thunderstorms hovered over central North Carolina. One stretched from Lillington north and east to Wake County and the other extended from eastern Chatham County, near Jordan Lake, into southern Durham and Orange counties.

Storm damage Storms bring damage to Harnett, Lee counties

A lightning strike ignited a house fire on Carpenter Pond Road in Durham County, fire crews said. The roof collapsed and the house was gutted by flames.

No one was in the home at the time and no one was injured.

Lightning was also to blame for a Raleigh house fire on Poole Road near Ralph Lane. No one was hurt. Authorities have not released any information on damages.

Storms might crop up again Wednesday morning, especially along the Interstate 95 corridor, as the cold front makes its way through the region. The cold front has dry air behind it, however, which will cool temperatures slightly and offer a break in the humidity, said WRAL Meteorologist Mike Maze.

WRAL viewers reported that storms were especially severe in Lee County, with powerful winds downing tree limbs, particularly in the areas between Tramway and Sanford. Lee County dispatchers received multiple reports of trees down on Chris Cole Road and on U.S. Highway 1 near the Wake County line.

Highs Tuesday hit the high 90s with heat indexes as high as 105. Highs Wednesday, Thursday and Friday will be in the low 90s with less humidity, but temperatures will heat up again for the holiday weekend. Highs Saturday and Sunday are expected to reach 97 degrees.


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  • jmf1073 Jun 29, 2011

    Got a whopping 0.05 inches of rain yesterday in north Raleigh. smh

  • clarkk225 Jun 29, 2011

    Wow, a little damage and a little rain and everybody goes crazy! Again, WOW!

    I guess if your house burnt to the ground becasue of a storm, you'd go a little crazy too! I know the couple from Durham whose house burnt down yesterday. I'd be worried if they weren't a bit crazy right now!

  • tobywilliamson58 Jun 29, 2011

    Wow, a little damage and a little rain and everybody goes crazy! Again, WOW!

  • sww Jun 29, 2011

    We had three and three quarters inches at our house in SW Durham.

  • timfan24 Jun 28, 2011

    While everybody needs the rain, and any rain is appreciated, what we don't need is trees toppled on our houses and on power lines which is what I saw here in Lee County on the way home. People shouldn't be so flippant about storms.

  • Bring on the 4 Dollar Gas Jun 28, 2011

    I don't think it even rained enough to wash the dander out of my neighbor's hair. FOR HEAVEN'S SAKE MAN, my car is still dry!!

  • cheezchicken Jun 28, 2011

    man...look at that...10 bucks says that rain passes right by Clayton....again... *sniff sniff*

    Yes, I feel your pain!! We can start a "please bring rain to Clayton" club.

    You be President.

  • cheezchicken Jun 28, 2011

    Apologies, wral. Let me rephrase. It seems as though the hwy 70 corridor is unlucky. These wonderful storms have avoided our area for 6 weeks. Very upsetting.

  • mulecitybabe Jun 28, 2011

    Perk up, Elven. It just started here in McGees Crossroads and it's headed your way.

  • LovemyPirates Jun 28, 2011

    Hardly any rain on my yard - please send the rain this way!