Severe thunderstorms cause downed trees, stuck cars in Raleigh

Posted July 10, 2014 5:58 a.m. EDT
Updated July 11, 2014 5:59 a.m. EDT

— Wake County was hit with lightning, heavy rain and strong winds as commuters made their way home Thursday afternoon.

The storms passed through the area at about 6 p.m., resulting in:

  • More than 2,220 Duke Progress Energy customers in Wake County without power.
  • About 3.59 inches of rain in Garner.
  • Dime-sized hail in Holly Springs.
  • Wind damage in Cary.
  • Downed trees in Raleigh near Glenwood Avenue and Creedmoor Road and on Brookhaven Drive near Wedgewood Drive.
  • Cars stuck in water in Raleigh on Hillsborough Street near Western Boulevard and on Capital Boulevard near West Johnson Street.
  • A home on Mordecai Drive in Raleigh sustaining 4 feet of water in its basement and garage.

The storms are due to a slow-moving front that has stalled over the region.

Severe thunderstorm warnings were issued for most central North Carolina counties Thursday, including Wake, Johnston, Lee, Chatham, Franklin and Nash counties.

Severe thunderstorm watches were issued for a number of counties, including Cumberland, Harnett, Halifax, Edgecombe, Wilson and Wayne.

Afternoon storms toppled numerous trees and brought down some power lines in parts of Sanford Wednesday afternoon.

Thursday's high temperature struggled to reach the upper 80s due to cloud cover and rain.