Downed trees, power lines reported in Harnett County

Posted July 8, 2010 4:37 p.m. EDT
Updated July 8, 2010 11:25 p.m. EDT

— A tree fell on a home in Harnett County after a batch of late afternoon storms pushed through central North Carolina on Thursday.

The home, along Saunders Court in Spring Lake, suffered structural and water damage when the tree fell through the upstairs bedroom.

“It sounded as though there was a ton of bricks dropped on the house,” homeowner Rodney Bryant said.

Bryant said they were in the process of putting in an addition in the back of the home. No one was injured.

Junior Lee, 70, was sitting in a golf cart under a carport at his mother’s home on Bethel Baptist Church Road in Spring Lake when the storm rolled through.

“The wind got so rough, I could not leave. I just had to stay where I was at,” Lee said. “It scared me to death.”

A tree nearby fell on the shelter, but an SUV parked underneath the carport kept it from falling on Lee.

Several yards away on Lee’s family farm, a 100-foot long barn was tossed in a nearby pond. “It picked it up and flipped it upside down and dropped it in the pond,” witness Lee Landreth said.

Trees and power lines were also reported down along N.C. Highway 201 south near Spring Lake. Authorities said a mobile home in the area was also damaged when the roof was ripped off in the storm. The American Red Cross was on the scene to assist the family.

Flat Branch Volunteer Fire Department Chief T.J. McLamb said there were several reports of damage in the area, mainly downed trees and power lines. There were no reports of injuries. The Red Cross were on the scene to assist the family.

"The Lord is looking after us," McLamb said.

The heat of the day helped spawn the series of storms, which prompted several severe thunderstorm warnings, WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze said.

The threat of storms dissipated as the heat of the day died down, but the chance of rain returns on Friday with scattered storms expected late in the day and into the evening. An approaching cold front will bring the chance of spotty showers and storms through the night.