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High Winds, Lightning Cause Trouble in the Triangle

Posted July 16, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

— Fierce storms blew through central North Carolina Wednesday afternoon, sparking two fires and closing down a small section of Interstate 85 near Henderson.

High winds helped to fan the flames at one Durham home where lightning struck. No one was hurt. After making its way through Durham County, the storm issued another lightning strike that took a Wake County home by surprise. Witnesses say flames erupted from the house just seconds after a huge flash lit up the sky.

It wasn't lightning, but some wild winds that shut down part of Interstate-85. A great gust blew the roof off a storage building and into the middle of the highway. The entire road was blocked for more than an hour while crews cleaned up the debris.