Weather

Severe weather leaves behind damage

Posted April 25, 2010 6:34 a.m. EDT
Updated April 26, 2010 4:19 p.m. EDT

— A severe storm moved through parts of central North Carolina Sunday evening, prompting the National Weather Service to issue tornado and thunderstorm warnings.

The storm started just before 8 p.m. in Zebulon and moved toward Nash and Edgecombe counties. Viewers sent in photos of storm rotations.

"Right near Zebulon, there were reports of trees down at about 7:49 p.m. on Highway 96 and 64," said WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel.

The storm then moved out of Wake County and toward the Rocky Mount area, bringing rain, large hail and strong winds.

"The storm was impressive in Nash County but then expired as it moved into Edgecombe County, losing its rotations," WRAL Meteorologist Kim Deaner said.

Robyn Reynolds said she got a tornado warning call from WRAL's WeatherCall service. (Sign up for WeatherCall, a severe weather warning phone service based on your street address.)

The family sought safety from the storm in a hallway of their Spring Hope home.  They heard hail hitting the roof and a loud gust of wind. After about five minutes, they went outside and saw their garage destroyed.

"The garage basically flipped upside down," Reynolds said. "Everything in our garage and storage building are gone."

Reynolds said everyone is OK and that neighbors were helping the family sort through the damage.

"It was scary," Reynolds said. "Our house is 10 feet from the garage, but it was not damaged."

Camille Corbett took some photos Sunday evening of storm rotations near her home in Zebulon.

"Thankfully, there was no damage to our neighborhood," she said. "It was very scary."

The chance for showers and storms continues into the early work week, along with cloudy skies. On Monday, any isolated storms are more likely to occur from Raleigh eastward, Deaner said.