Storms wipeout power for Raleigh residents

Tree down on Forestville Road in Raleigh

July 20, 2010 9:22:47 PM PDT
As storms rolled through the Raleigh area Tuesday evening, it left a number of trees and power lines down in its wake.Debris was scattered all over the intersection of Falls of Neuse and Harps Mill Road after a relatively large tree toppled over in a parking lot.

Nearby, another tree was resting on some power lines, causing headaches for residents who live in the area.

"We were sitting down eating and we heard this loud ... pop," resident Susan Perry said.

She says she looked out the window and saw a tree down in front of her house. Perry says she then heard another pop and the tree was resting on her roof.

A couple of miles away, Raleigh firefighters were called to a home on Bedfordtown Drive after a house was apparently struck by lightning.

Eyewitnesses say they saw a flash of light, followed by a loud bang.

Progress Energy reported scattered power outages throughout Wake County. Around midnight, there was close to 2,000 customers without power.

In the meantime, motorists are urged to use caution when driving through intersections that are without power.

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