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Severe Weather Causes Damage Throughout Parts Of Fayetteville

Posted July 29, 2005 12:05 p.m. EDT

— Clean-up begins Friday for many people in the WRAL viewing area after some intense storms overnight.

Several businesses sustained damage from a thunderstorm that quickly moved through Fayetteville at about 7:15 p.m. The storm knocked down trees, blew out windows and even destroyed pool furniture at a Comfort Inn in the area of

Skibo and Cliffdale roads

. A Books-A-Million store near the area was also damaged, as well as a Lowe's store.

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Weather radars did not indicate any damaging winds in the area, so no warning was issued. The storm lasted about 10 minutes.

Strong winds also caused power outages to approximately 2,000 PWC electric customers in the area of Skibo, Yadkin and Raeford roads, but power was restored to most of the customers less than two hours after the storm.

The weather also affected air travel in and out of Raleigh-Durham International Airport. All flights coming into the airport were diverted and about a dozen flights were grounded until the weather cleared.

Investigators in Clayton are looking into whether lightning sparked a house fire Little Creek Church Road. One firefighter was hurt trying to put out the flames.

Police said his injuries do not appear to be serious. Everyone inside the house made it out safely.