High Winds Topple Trees, Power Lines

Posted March 8, 2008 6:23 a.m. EST
Updated March 8, 2008 10:27 p.m. EST

— Strong winds knocked down trees and downed power lines Saturday afternoon across the Triangle. Wind gusts reached 52 mph in Raleigh and 53 mph in Fayetteville and Rocky Mount.

Blustery winds took down a giant tree on South Main Street in Wake Forest. A tree also fell on Lombard Street in Clayton. No injuries were reported.

The wind caused a Raleigh traffic light to go out at the busy intersection of Kent Road and Western Boulevard. Traffic lights were also reported out at the intersection of Interstate 440 and Jones Franklin Road.

Wake County reported about 750 customers without power Saturday night due to winds toppling power lines. Across the state, about 20,000 customers were without power at some point.

Most of the state, including Durham and Wake counties, was under a wind advisory until 6 p.m. Saturday.

The winds should calm down overnight, and Sunday's forecast is sunny with highs in the mid-50s.