Triangle hassled by hail as storms move through area

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Storm brought trouble to the Triangle.

All Monday evening through the height of the storms, ABC11 Eyewitness viewers kept sending us their cell phone video and picture of the hail downpour.

Mary Smith Bumgarner in Raleigh sent us cell phone video showing the hail coming down fast. Crystal Hartzell in Cary showed us how the hail littered her patio.

The evening drive home for many was full of that hail, heavy rain and even a dense fog in some areas.

In Cary, a police officer stood watch, directing traffic away from a flooded lane on Walnut Street at Cary Towne Boulevard.

For Greg Lytle off Park Street in Cary, the storm left him with a bid mess, but feeling thankful.

"I heard a big thump and I was afraid it was this tree coming down over the back of the house," said Lytle, "I was working in that back corner there."

Thankfully no tree fell on his house but it did land on a few power lines. Downed trees over on Trinity Road at Red Grape Drive did the same thing.

At one point, thousands in the Triangle were without power.

Wake Forest Power crews were working to repair a broken utility pole that forced closure of South Main Street from East Holding Avenue to West Holding Avenue.

The work was expected to take several hours.

Wake Forest Police are directing traffic around the area. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and choose an alternate route.

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A strong band of thunderstorms also cut through the Durham area Monday afternoon, leaving some heavy rain and potential flooding behind in Hillsborough.

The storm that dropped the hailstorm on the Wake County area moved into Franklin County and the Louisburg area late Monday afternoon.

Cooler air in the wake of the front is expected to reach us Wednesday, keeping temperatures around 70 degrees. With the front moving slowly, a shower or thunderstorm is still possible on Wednesday, especially east of Interstate 95.

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