Tens of Thousands Without Power as Storms Roll Through Central North Carolina :: WRAL.com

A violent thunderstorm knocked down trees and knocked out power to thousands of people in the Triangle on Friday evening.

Wake County reportedly had more than 70,000 residents without power as of 11:30 p.m. Durham reports more than 10,000 without power.

It is currently unknown what the restoration schedule for these outages is.

An outage in Nash County is expected to be restored through Sunday evening.

Some other Wake residents told WRAL News that their dining time was also for Sunday evening.

High winds also caused damage in Chapel Hill, and trees were reported in Chatham County and Mebane.

A lightning strike in Wake Forest sparked a brush fire off Highway 98. Serena Westra captured 15-second video of the fire. Holly Rund also took a 30 second video of the fire.

In Cary, a tree fell on a car, injuring one person. The Cary Police Department said it happened at Keisler Drive and Tryon Road.

A husband and wife had pulled into a parking lot to wait out the inclement weather before a large tree fell on their car, police said. The husband had minor cuts to his forehead and the wife refused to seek treatment, police said.

An uprooted tree, along with downed power lines in Dix Park on Friday night, led the city of Raleigh to cancel the Oberlin Village Heritage 5K on Saturday.

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office said Friday night that one person died after a tree fell in Franklin County. It happened around 6:35 p.m. on Cleghorns 1 Drive in Youngsville.

A man in Rocky Mount recovers after lightning struck him during Friday’s storm. His wife told WRAL News he was working on their air conditioning unit behind their house when he was struck by lightning.

In Durham, a massive tree fell on a garage on Pervis Road.

Additionally, several large trees crashed through Garner’s rooftops. Josh Carlisle shared several photos and a video of the damage on his Twitter page.

The storm had moved south and east from Wake County by 7:30 p.m., and clearer skies and less humidity are behind the front.

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