Severe weather pounds the Triangle

Posted July 4, 2008 4:45 p.m. EDT
Updated July 5, 2008 11:51 a.m. EDT

— Strong thunderstorms pounded the Triangle late Friday, causing power outages, fallen trees and flooding.

Progress Energy officials said 605 customers in Raleigh and 1,610 customers in Morrisville were without power Friday night due to the weather. Duke Power reported 16,459 customers in Durham County and 3,432 customers in Orange County were without power.

In Durham, a tree fell into the Edgewood Properties Apartments, 910 West Trinity St., destroying a portion of an upstairs balcony.

“It sounded like an earthquake. It was like boom – a big noise,” resident Curtis Hooks said.

Rainfall amounts varied greatly, with some areas reporting intense precipitation and others barely seeing anything. Roanoke Rapids got more than 1.5 inches of rain, while Oxford and Roxboro each received less than a tenth of an inch.

Raleigh and Louisburg both saw more than 0.60 inches of rain, but Chapel Hill got less than a third of that – 0.18 inches. West on Interstate 40, Burlington got 1.25 inches.

Also in Durham, flooding was reported at U.S. 70 and Interstate 85. A National Weather Service spotter reported nickel-sized hail in that area.

Pickett Road was blocked by multiple downed trees. There was minor street flooding and downed trees at Cheek Road and Hardee Street. A tree had also fallen on Geer Street.

The stoplight outside of the Durham Bulls Athletic Park was also out, causing delays for people trying to leave the Kevin Costner and Modern West show.

In Raleigh, a downed tree was blocking three lanes of traffic at Avent Ferry Road near Trailwood Drive. Officials said the tree also knocked down power lines. Downed trees were also reported at Airport Road and Perimeter Park.

There were also reports of downed trees and quarter-sized hail in Chapel Hill.

No injuries were reported.

Orange County saw intense lightning and heavy rain. A power line was reported down on Franklin Street. Randolph County reported wind damage and trees down.

The weather caused several fourth of July events to be postponed.

Several North Carolina counties were under severe thunderstorm watches throughout the evening including Robeson, Duplin, Chatham, Vance, Wake, and Durham counties.