Strong winds cause damage across Triangle

January 7, 2009 8:29:27 PM PST
Strong winds pulled down trees and caused power outages around the Triangle Wednesday evening.The cause of the strong weather was a cold front coming through which made for a strange day for January with warm temperatures and occasionally heavy showers.

In the Raleigh Durham area, emergency dispatchers were getting dozens of calls about trees down and limbs in the road. Surprisingly, there were few reports of major power outages.

However, Raleigh Police were called to direct rush hour traffic at several intersections along Rock Quarry Road when signals went down.

Fallen trees also caused a couple to be trapped in their house on Shotts Court in Cary. While at another home, a tree crashed through two elderly residents' kitchen along Lewis Farm Road near downtown Raleigh.

Around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, Wake Electric reported 397 wind-related outages. They say the maximum outages reported were 4,121.

In Fayetteville, at the height of the storm, 1900 customers in east and western parts of the city lost power. Most had services restored by 6 p.m.

In Warren County earlier in the day, about 15 trees were pulled down by the wind. Dispatchers told Eyewitness News that they started getting calls around 8:40 a.m. Trees fell on two homes and two vehicles on Northern Cove Drive. The area is about two miles south of the Virginia state line, and about a mile west of the Halifax County line.

About 20 to 30 houses were temporarily without power, but no one was hurt.

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The warm weather won't stick around long. On Thursday, the temperatures will drop again with highs in the upper 40s.


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