Overnight storms leave downed trees

Posted July 29, 2010 8:16 a.m. EDT
Updated July 30, 2010 10:19 a.m. EDT

— Lightning and heavy rain moved through the Triangle overnight Thursday causing nearly 2,000 power outages in Wake County and leaving some downed trees.

A tree fell on a house at 904 E. Martin St. in Raleigh, according to dispatchers. A couple who were in the home at the time of the incident were able to get out safely.

Raleigh viewer Peter Bruce said lightning struck his house at about 10:20 p.m. and caused some minor damage.

"The fire dept is coming to ensure that everything is OK, but it seems there is no fire," he told WRAL News.

At 10:40 p.m., WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze wrote on Twitter: "The power in the (WRAL) studio just flickered...hearing thunder!"

The severe weather was spurred from a passing cold front.

Duplin County was under a tornado warning for about 45 minutes after radar indicated a tornado near Magnolia moving south at 10 mph. That warning expired at 5:15 p.m.

Authorities with the Duplin County Office of Emergency Management reported trees were blown down around Kenansville and several wrecks had occurred on Interstate 40.

The storms died out by early Friday, which is expected to be mostly sunny with highs in the mid 90s. A drier air mass will make it feel cooler.

"We will have a drop in humidity ... a one-day wonder," Maze said.

The weekend will see highs in the low 90s with a chance of thunderstorms on Sunday.