Quick moving storms Wednesday leave behind damage

Storm clean-up is underway across the area after a big burst of heavy rain and wind brought down trees and power lines.
Storm clean-up is underway across the area after a big burst of heavy rain and wind brought down trees and power lines.

In Cary, the severe weather created a traffic headache for almost 24 hours after power was knocked out in the area Wednesday evening.

Aviation Parkway between Evans Road and Gateway Center Boulevard was finally reopened just before noon Thursday after crews spent hours repairing a downed power line, and cleaning up other debris.

In Durham, a tree came crashing down into a home in the 1200 block of North Miami Boulevard at the height of Wednesday's storms.

Marvin Montgomery said he has only lived at the home a year and was in the midst of searching for a way to fix up the house when the storm moved in and made things worse.

"The wind was blowing all over the place and I started hearing a cracking, and then all of the sudden, I heard a very, very loud noise, and the whole house started shaking violently," said Montgomery.



In the aftermath, Montgomery said he was left to marvel at how the massive oak in his front yard ended up on his roof.

"When the tree hit, the house just shook," he said. "The whole house shook. Dust just went everywhere."

Any other day, Montgomery said he would have been napping in the bedroom where the tree fell, but thankfully he was inside another room on the computer.

"I am so glad that I was not in that bedroom where I would normally be a lot of time," he said. "I had plans to cut the tree down because it was on my mind that it could fall."

Montgomery said he's thankful he wasn't hurt, and still has plans to continue fixing up his home one room at a time. He's counting his survival as a blessing.

"Yes, I am here," he said. "I am here to see another day."

As the rain move through, similar scenes popped up around Durham County.

On Watts Street another huge tree landed on home. At Roxboro and Knox Streets snapped trees pierced power lines, which severed service to several homes.

On Shawnee Street, a car was pinned by a fallen tree.

At the height of the storm, more than 30,000 people were without power across the Triangle.

Parts of Cumberland County were affected as well.

Firefighters were called out to Camden Mill Road, just south of Hope Mills after a big tree came crashing down, and blocked part of the roadway.

There were also of lightning strikes and trees down in Fayetteville.

So far, no injuries have been reported.

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