Thunder storm blamed for damage, problems

Lightning seen over the Raleigh skyline, February 28, 2011 (Rob Judson)

March 1, 2011 3:56:16 AM PST
Thunder, lighting, rain and wind from Monday night's storm are being blamed for damage across the area.At least one fire in Wake County may have been sparked by lightning.

In Cary, it took firefighters about 20 minutes to put out a blaze that consumed a detached garage on Vermel Court - near Maynard Road and High House Road.

While the exact cause of the fire has not yet been determined, officials say lightning was likely to blame.

A neighbor says it was storming when she heard a loud explosion, just before she saw the garage go up in smoke.

"And the entire backyard lit up," resident Dana Hall said. "I thought it was our shack and I realized it was the neighbor's house. We told them, move your cars, get out of the house, your house is on fire. "

The family made it out of the home safely. No injuries were reported.

In Fuquay-Varina, Angela Hackney says after lightning hit her niece's home, a tree fell into a bedroom, the electrical box was blown off the house and the siding on the house was burned.

"I'm thankful that God was in control and didn't nobody get hurt," she said. "There are just material things. You can't replace a life. Nobody got hurt and that's the most important thing."

Firefighters also inspected the house across the street for damage.

The storms Monday night gave another Fuquay-Varina woman a scare while she was driving down Mount Pleasant Road.

"I was driving along and the tree fell right in front of me on the hood of my car," Beverly Thompson said. "There was a branch there that came down on to the hood of my car, scared me to death, but I'm okay."

The pouring rain made visibility a challenge for other drivers, especially on a stretch of I-40 Westbound near the US 1 overpass.

Several vehicles were driving on the shoulder of a construction zone, because the road lines were difficult to see.

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