Cary Businesses Clean Up Storm Damage
Posted August 20, 2002 3:56 a.m. EDT
RALEIGH, N.C. — Thunderstorms rumbled quickly through Cary Monday. Now, businesses are cleaning up the damage caused by the storms.
Many of the stores at South Hills Plaza were heavily damaged as a result of Monday's storms. As a result of the storm, the roof at Carolina Custom Golf partially collapsed. A nearby business, The Party Machine, also sustained damage. Crews put temporary roofs on the businesses because more storms are in the forecast for Tuesday afternoon.
Inspectors also deemed several of the businesses at the plaza as unsafe. Officials hope to provide power to those buildings within the next couple of days. Many of the businesses at South Hills plaza are expected to reopen in a few days, while others could take longer.
The eastern section of Cary was hit hard around 4 p.m. Monday, as strong winds knocked down trees and power lines.
Authorities also say that the roof at Carolina Custom Golf partially collapsed.
At the height of the storm CP&L said 7,000 customers were without power. Crews worked throughout the afternoon to quickly restore power.
Authorities believe a lightning strike is to blame for a house fire at Cricket Field Lane. There were also reports of damage at South Hills Mall and Cary Towne Center.
Authorities say the church steeple at Bluff Presbyterian Church on Church Street in Wade was hit by lightning.
Firefighters put the fire out in about three minutes. There was some smoke damage to the rest of the building.