Gusty winds topple trees; colder air approaches

Posted December 9, 2009 5:20 a.m. EST
Updated December 10, 2009 6:54 a.m. EST

— Winds gusted to over 50 mph Wednesday on the tail end of a wild weather day, WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze said.

The peak wind speed was measured at 51 mph at Raleigh-Durham International Airport.

In Chapel Hill, police said a tree fell at Estes Drive and Fordham Boulevard. A vehicle crashed into the tree but its occupants were not injured.

In Durham, a tree crashed onto a house on Farthing Street. No one was injured, but Kshaunna Green, a sophomore at Hillside High School, was inside the home at the time.

“I feel relieved that I was safe and that I’m not dead because if it had been a couple of more inches over, I could have died from the tree,” Green said.

In Alamance, Person and Randolph counties, people called 911 about downed trees and sporadic power outages during the late afternoon.

A cold front moved through the region late Wednesday, dropping overnight lows into the 30s.

"It will be mostly cloudy Wednesday night into Thursday morning, with the sun returning in the afternoon," WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel said.

High temperatures Thursday will be in the upper 40s. It will be breezy and sunny, Maze said.