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Storm Sends Wilson Roofers Scurrying for Cover

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WILSON — The storm's calling cards were driving rains and heavy winds. Leftoversfrom Hurricane Danny pounded Wilson and Rocky Mount just after 10:00 a.m.Thursday, causing a handful of power failures and mild damage.

John Thomas stepped outside his Wilson home to see a nearby transformershowering sparks onto the street. Thomas admits his nerves were torn up. He was expecting a tree to fall, but nothing like what blewthrough Thursday.

A few trees did fall, in fact. One road crew knocked down a city ownedtree to keep it from falling into oncoming traffic. While the downpourlacked the punch of a Fran or Bertha, it was enough to send some workersscrambling for cover.

Roofers who were trying to repair storm damage from two months ago decidedto wait this one out somewhere else. Roofer Bill Jenkins and the crew had to wait for the rain to ease off a bit before returning to theirwork.

As the storm finally moved away, people ventured outside to see thedamage, knowing it could have been worse, and hoping it won't be worsenext time around.