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Thunderstorms Pound Wake County

Posted July 17, 2007 10:51 p.m. EDT
Updated July 18, 2007 5:01 p.m. EDT

— Severe thunderstorms pounded Wake County, causing fires, traffic accidents and power outages Tuesday night.

The storms brought torrential rain, lightning and even some reports of hail.

Progress Energy reported that it had 2,500 customers without electricity in the early hours of Wednesday. Duke Energy said that it had experienced no significant outages in the Triangle area.

Raleigh firefighters battled flare-ups from a blaze in a house at 2217 Lash Ave. The fire involved the walls, attic and roof of the house, said officials.

Crews also brought a brief fire under control at a small commercial building on Meredith Anne Court, off Hillsborough Street near the Fairgrounds.

On Western Boulevard in Raleigh, a tree crashed onto the roadway, barely missing a sport-utility vehicle. The woman driving the SUV was shaken up but not hurt, said police.

Firefighters used chainsaws to cut and remove the limbs from the road.

In Cary, lightning apparently sparked a small fire in the Cary Towne Apartment Homes clubhouse. Firefighters were able to contain the fire quickly, and no one was injured.

Cary police also directed traffic around a malfunctioning railroad crossing at West Chatham Street and Chapel Hill Road. The malfunction has not caused any signficant traffic problems, said officials.

Police said they believe that lightning affected the railroad signal system.