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Raleigh Woman Struck by Lightning

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RALEIGH — Severe storms raced across the Triangle andeastern North Carolina Thursday night, leaving behind damaged homes,downed trees, and dozens of people without electricity.

In Wilson, dozens of trees were blown down onto houses and power lines. Crews worked well into the night torestore power in some neighborhoods.

Eastern Wake County was also hit by severe weather Thursday night. Thehigh winds blew through Zebulon, not far from the site of lastyear's tornado strike, taking a mobile home off of itsfoundation. Sheila Jordan was inside recovering from a broken collarbone she received just the day before, but luckily, she escaped with nomore than a bump on the head. Jordan at first said her biggest problem wasthat she had no place to go, but she later took refuge at her parents'home.

In Wendell, winds ripped the roof offof Mary and Carl Wilson's mobile home. They were not at home at the time.

In Raleigh, a woman was injured when lightning struck a shovel she wascarrying. She told WRAL-TV5 News that she was a little shaken up, butofficials say that she was not seriously hurt.

Only minor injuries were reported around the area Thursday night after theround of severeweather. WRAL chief meteorologistGregFishelsaid that the state standsanother chance of severe weather this weekend.

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