Published: 2018-05-11 05:51:00
Updated: 2018-07-13 14:08:24
Raleigh, N.C. — About 1,000 Duke Energy customers in northern Durham County were without power early Friday morning after a round of severe weather barreled through central North Carolina late Thursday night.
Thunderstorm warnings across central North Carolina were canceled Thursday night after a front temporarily sparked severe evening storms. The severe weather, which brought high winds and hail, caused minor damage and left thousands without power in the Triangle.
Authorities reported a tree down at Lake Wheeler and Tryon Roads in Raleigh and multiple trees down in Pittsboro.
The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm watch for 25 North Carolina counties Thursday evening, including Durham and Wake, that lasted through 10 p.m.
The power was out for several thousand people in Durham and Franklin Counties on Thursday night but most of the outages were restored overnight. Some residents of Durham County reported hail the size of golf balls in the evening hours.
DualDoppler radar showed large hail – up to almost 2 inches in diameter – falling north of Durham at about 6 p.m.
Behind the stormy weather is a heat wave more common to July than May. Warm temperatures will hold on into the weekend, as the mercury rises to 88 on Friday, 91 on Saturday and a sweltering 93 degrees on Sunday.
Ninety-degree temps will persist into next week before dipping back into the 80s on Wednesday.