Severe Weather Rumbles Through WRAL Viewing Area

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Storms moved through the central part of North Carolina Friday afternoon and evening, bringing strong wind, heavy rain and lightning.


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Several counties in the WRAL viewing area found themselves under a severe thunderstorm or flash-flood warning throughout the evening. (Click


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Fred Rosenbaum's Cary house was struck by a bolt of lightning. Luckily, his neighbor saw it happen and called the fire department.

"If the neighbors hadn't called, it would have been a lot worse because we didn't know we'd been hit," he said.

At least two townhomes near the intersection of Creedmoor and Strickland roads were damaged in north Raleigh. Crews said the roof on the townhomes was destroyed. No one was inside when the fire started. Investigators suspect lightning is to blame. There were other reports of flooding and fallen trees on roadways.

At one point Friday evening, Progress Energy officials reported 8,500 outages in the Wake County area. Officials said other counties saw sporadic power outages. Power had been restored to most customers by early Saturday morning.

A cold front worked its way toward the mountains, and high pressure off the mid-Atlantic coast helped to pump warm, moist air into the state. The air interacted with upper-level disturbances to produce the storms.


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