Hundreds without power at height of thunderstorms

Posted June 2, 2008 5:22 a.m. EDT
Updated June 2, 2008 9:29 a.m. EDT

— Utility crews had restored power to most customers Monday morning after a cold front moving across the Carolinas produced a number of severe thunderstorms that downed trees in the region.

Progress Energy Carolinas reported 398 people without power early Monday, down from 10,000 on Sunday. Duke Energy reported 83 homes without power in the Carolinas as of 4:30 a.m.

The National Weather Service said some of the storms brought winds over 60 mph and nickel-sized hail. All of the severe storm warnings over the Carolinas had expired by late Sunday night as the systems moved offshore.

Forecasters said they expect calmer weather on Monday, but the cold front won't affect temperatures as most of the region will see highs in the 80s.

In north Raleigh, a huge tree was uprooted by heavy winds. It crashed into the side of the house, smashing windows and ripping down part of the gutters.

The Keyser Family was home at the time. They said the sound of the tree hitting the house was frightening.

“I mean it was jarring. I went through the house looking in every room. Then I went into the bedroom and there was a tree coming in two of the windows,” homeowner Leigh Keyser said.

The family lives in the Old Creedmoor subdivision, just off Mandrake Court.

In Apex, a home was struck by lightening. Neighbors said the home on Woodbriar Street was hit by a bolt of lightning around 7:30 p.m.

In Halifax County, the storm split a tree in the Ridgecrest and Williams Farm Road community.

In Orange County, a tree blocked Old N.C. 10 near Workman Road outside Hillsborough. There were also reports of damage to mobile homes in the area.