Storms pound central Carolina

A Severe Thunderstorm Watch was in effect well into the night for much of central North Carolina.

ABC11 Eyewitness News Chief Meteorologist Chris Hohmann said the heaviest storms ended before midnight and scattered showers will gradually diminished through the rest of the night.

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At the height of the storm, there were multiple reports of house and transformers fires around the Triangle.

The wind and rain sent a tree limb crashing down at the intersection of Willard and Chapel Hill streets in Durham.

In Wake Forest, multiple lightning bolts lit up the night sky, while firefighters were hard at work battling a house fire on Clifton Blue Street.

The four people who were inside the home had made it out safely.

Fire officials say the damage was contained to a room above the garage, but they're not sure if lightning is the cause. Based on weather conditions they say they think it's a possibility.

A few miles from away, paramedics responded to the Holly Point Recreation Area, where an 88-year-old man was apparently struck by lightning. When they arrived, he was conscious and alert. The man was taken to the hospital, but his condition is not known at this time

Heavy rains also reeked havoc across the viewing area, causing flooding in many areas.

Sheets of rain were pouring from the sky in Raleigh and flooded Glenwood Aveune near Raleigh Memorial Park and Mitchell Funeral Home. Crews were called in to pump out the water after the eastbound lanes had to be shut down due to a drainage ditch overflowing.

Officials say the weather also knocked out power for hundreds of residents. Progress Energy reported over 1,000 people were in the dark Thursday evening. Duke Energy also reported over 100 residents were without power during the storm in Durham and Orange counties.

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