Thursday, 25 February 2016
POWERFUL STORM LEAVES ITS MARK ACROSS CENTRAL NC
A powerful line of thunderstorms triggered tornado warnings and widespread reports of damage across the Triangle Wednesday. In all, there were more than 20 tornado warnings for the Triangle area.
Duke Progress Energy reported many power outages.
On Trevor Circle and Chauncer in Durham, power was restored about 9 p.m
Several trees went down in this neighborhood, mostly doing minimal harm, but one fell on Jerry Dodd's car on Trevor Circle.
Dodd's wife had just pulled up to her home and hadn't been inside more than 10 minutes before the tree in the front yeard crashed right through the top of her car.
"Fortunately she was okay," Dodd said. "She was inside with the dogs and the wind became pretty ferocious so she climbed into the closet under the stairs with the dogs and she heard the actual crash."
As of 7 p.m., there were fewer than 120,000 power outages with most outages reported in Forsyth, Gaston, Guilford, Mecklenburg and Wake counties.
Wednesday night. the NC Department of Transportation warned that although the storms had moved through, strong winds persisted and downed power lines remained a danger, particularly in the Triad region of the state, but also in Orange, Caswell and Alamance counties.
In Granville County, a home was destroyed in the Huntsboro community near the Henderson-Oxford airport. Several more homes were damaged.
Residents described the loud noise and seeing things flying around. Amazingly, no one was hurt.
Gov. Pat McCrory urged North Carolinians to keep their mobile phones charged and weather radios on and close by Wednesday night so they could continue to receive tornado or severe storm warnings through the night.
"We've been fortunate so far with no reports of serious injuries or widespread damages, but we're not out of the woods yet," McCrory said. "We've seen before how deadly overnight storms can be. Please continue to stay tuned to the weather and heed directions from your local officials."
In Raleigh, a tree smashed through roof of Fruit of Labor World Cultural Center.
ABC11 viewers sent in photos of a funnel cloud on the ground in Henderson.
There are reports of trees down in northern Durham County and Chapel Hill.
Trees and power lines were ripped down around Mount Olive.
Huge hail stones were reported in Creedmoor.
Smaller hail covered the ground in Gray's Creek.
A funnel cloud was seen over Wake Forest.
In Chatham County, there are reports of trees down around Siler City.
Earlier, the National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for Wayne County just after 1 p.m. The warning ended at 1:30 p.m. A mobile home was damaged along Sanderson Road in the Indian Springs community when its roof was torn off.
A family with several children in the home were not injured. The National Weather Service will determine if a twister caused the damage.
The good news is we're looking for just a windy and dry Thursday.