Storms to blame for house fire, soggy roads

In north Raleigh, authorities say lightning caused a house fire on Carpenter Pond Road at Old Creedmoor Road.

June 29, 2011 9:53:06 AM PDT
Storms brought much more than rain Tuesday evening. In Durham County, authorities say lightning caused a house fire on Carpenter Pond Road at Old Creedmoor Road. No one was home when the lightning strike damaged the roof and upper part of the house.

Storms also toppled two trees and some power lines on Old US 1 and Issac Street in Wake County.

"Pouring really, really hard when we left out and as soon as we got in the car to come back, it kind of subsided," restaurant owner Crishna Murray said.

She said she was glad she had no trouble on the roads.

"They were a little slippery, but we made it safely," Murray said.

The storms also knocked down power lines and trees in Harnett County. Utility crews worked late into the night repairing down power lines after the storm blew down a large tree across Beaver Dam Road outside Erwin.

Around the Sandhills, there were scattered reports of storm damage. Along Joe Collins Road, an aluminum garage was blow over and several mobile homes in the area had damage to the underpinning.

Residents say the worst of the storm lasted for several minutes.

"It was really terrifying, it was strong winds, My husband and my niece had gone into the attic the roof to see if it was leaking because we had just finished a metal roof, and I was screaming for them to come down they could not hear me," homeowner Debra Stephenson said. "It was like everything falling and we could hear it and we were scared."

Emergency officials say there were no reports of anyone being injured in the storm.

Meanwhile, showers could still be lingering Wednesday as as a cold front moves across the Triangle.

"By afternoon, the threat of a shower will be along and east of I-95 as drier air filters into the region from the northwest," ABC11 Meteorologist Don Schwenneker said. "The less humid airmass will overspread the entire region tonight and Thursday."

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