Late night, overnight storms leave mess across area

RALEIGH An impressive prelude to a destructive night filled the skies in Raleigh and Durham, before the clouds eventually opened up.

Hard and heavy rain drops poured several inches across the Triangle.

In many cases - it was faster than a lot of places could handle at once.

From golf courses to thoroughfares, several areas in Durham got hammered.

On Hillendale Road, cars were stranded on the shoulders.

High water forced police to close a portion of Fidelity Street, where drivers were turned away.

And at Hardee Street and Cheek Road, weak, soggy roots gave way causing a large tree to tumble into the middle of traffic.

Then there were scattered power outages.

The Capitol City saw its share of storm damage too.

Firefighters believe lightning struck a home on Aspenwald, sparking flames in the attic.

At Wilmington and Tryon, trees suspended on power lines caused more scattered outages.

And at South Saunders and Illeagnes, officers were corraling traffic away from more flash floods.

The good news in all of this - no injuries were reported.

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