Severe storms cause power outages, downed trees across central NC

Posted June 30, 2015 3:46 p.m. EDT
Updated July 1, 2015 5:12 a.m. EDT

— More than 3,300 customers in Durham, Chatham and Granville counties were without power Tuesday night after severe storms moved through central North Carolina.

"It's been a very active evening with almost every county in the viewing area under a severe thunderstorm warning during some point of the evening," WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze said.

Viewers reported dime-sized hail in Hillsborough and trees down in Durham and Chatham counties. Emergency dispatchers in Granville County reported multiple downed trees.

The biggest threat from the storms was frequent lightning, but heavy rain and gusty winds were also possible, WRAL meteorologist Nate Johnson said.

The heat index reached a robust 97 degrees in downtown Raleigh Tuesday, with humidity at 50 percent.

Wednesday will be mostly sunny and hot, but with lower humidity values during the afternoon as temperatures reach 91.

"Wednesday offers another, although more slight, chance for storms," Johnson said.