Winds, storms topple trees around Triangle

A tree down near Lake Wheeler Road and Enchanted Oaks Drive in Raleigh. (Annick Joseph)
April 20, 2013 6:17:15 AM PDT
Numerous trees have been reported down and power was out to parts of the Triangle Friday evening after heavy storms.

That includes dozens of incidents in Wake County where thousands of Progress Energy customers were left without power.

One of the hardest hit areas was along Raleigh's Glenwood Avenue where the power was out from Creedmoor Road up to Interstate 540.

A tree also fell on a children's health care facility along Kidd Road in Raleigh. Nineteen patients were transported to WakeMed as part of an emergency agreement already in place. No one was injured.

The tree damaged the building's sprinkler system which set off flooding inside the facility.

Repairs are underway and patients will remain at WakeMed until things are back to normal.

In Durham, heavy winds brought down power lines and trees along Snow Hill Road.

Vehicles also had to navigate through high waters and low visibility on Interstate 85 for a time during the evening commute.

In Sanford, high winds and storms downed numerous power lines and darkened homes.

A tree came down on Charlotte Street, which fractured a power pole and sent traffic lights crashing to the ground.

There are no reports of serious injuries.

Power crews were working to restore service.

The storms were all part of a slow-moving cold front that approached the area.

The worst of the storms hit the Triangle between 6 and 9 p.m.

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