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Weekend begins with bout of severe weather

Posted July 31, 2009 1:48 p.m. EDT
Updated August 1, 2009 6:50 a.m. EDT

— A heavy downpour, accompanied by thunder and lightning, passed through the Triangle Friday afternoon, prompting severe thunderstorm warnings and watches and downing trees and power lines in some areas.

Much of the eastern half of North Carolina was under a severe thunderstorm watch Friday. The watch was canceled, but the chance of showers continued overnight, WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze said.

Maze described this week's weather – partly cloudy skies, hot and humid with a chance of some afternoon storms – as "a typical summertime pattern."

A WRAL.com visitor sent pictures of "ominous looking" clouds over her home in Holly Springs. "It is now storming like a monsoon," she wrote. (View photos from WRAL.com visitors.)

Trees were down in several locations in Holly Springs, including one that fell on a house at 1001 Skymont Drive.

In the Sunset Ridge neighborhood in Holly Springs, powerful winds caused trees to fall on three homes.

Homeowner Jennifer Gilbert said she thought the tree falling on her home was a tornado.

“The kids were asleep. We got the kids. We were going to the pantry,” Gilbert said.

A WRAL.com visitor also reported trees on several vehicles in the 3300 block of Friar Tuck Road in Raleigh. Raleigh police dispatch confirmed several reports of trees and power lines down in the area.

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The storm front will likely stall at the coast through the weekend, making for mostly cloudy days on the beach.

"The chance of hit-and-miss storms is present every day in the forecast," Maze said.