Lee brings tornadoes and flooding

Tornado damage at Country Club of North Carolina in Pinehurst Tuesday
September 6, 2011 11:42:22 AM PDT
The remnants of Tropical Storm Lee brought wind, rain and reported tornadoes to North Carolina Tuesday.

The National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for parts of Granville, Durham, Wake, Lee, Chatham, Orange, Person, Vance, Franklin, and Warren counties Tuesday.

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Law enforcement in Pinehurst reported trees down due to a possible tornado touchdown around 6:30 a.m.

Most of downtown Southern Pines was without power Tuesday morning, according to Chief Hampton Williams with the Southern Pines Fire Department. He said that no one was injured when the storm passed through.

Jeff Dotson, the director of golf at the Country Club of North Carolina in Pinehurst, told ABC11 that employees could hear what appeared to be a tornado passing between 300 to 400 yards from the clubhouse around 6:45 a.m.

He said there was a lot of debris on the course - about 20 trees had snapped and some pine trees were up rooted. Dotson said he anticipated it would take at least 4 or 5 days to completely cleanup the course.

Obviously, the winds were pretty extreme," Dotson said.

In Wake County near Capital Blvd. and I-440, a tree reportedly fell on a power line due to the stormy conditions.

A state trooper on Monday spotted a funnel cloud in Union County, southeast of Charlotte. There were no immediate reports of injuries or serious property damage.

A Tornado Watch remains in effect for several counties across the state until 2 p.m. A Flash Flood Watch has also been issued.

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ABC11 Meteorologist Steve Stewart said that as Tropical Depression Lee's remnants push northwest, rains will pick up with the heaviest falling in the foothills and mountains. Some storms could be severe with gusty winds.

Duke Energy reported about 3,000 customers without electric service early Tuesday, most in Cabarrus County, northeast of Charlotte.

Progress Energy reported nearly 2,500 customers without service, most around Asheville and southwest of Sanford.

The front will push to the east on Wednesday taking the rain with it as drier air pushes in from the west during the afternoon.

By Friday, sunshine will return with temperatures expected to reach the mid-80s.

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