Downed trees, power lines from storm affect numerous roads across central NC

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i-95 closed in Nash County after road obstruction
i-95 was closed in Nash County after a road obstruction for more than an hour.

ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. (WTVD) -- Roads were affected all day and into the night by the storms that blew through the state Tuesday, knocking down trees and powerlines. Other areas were plagued by high water,

Interstate 95 was closed in both directions in Nash County on Tuesday afternoon.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation said the road was impassable after heavy rain struck the area.

The affected area was from Mile Marker 132 to 138, near Sandy Cross Road, not far from Rocky Mount.

The roadway was closed for more than an hour because of a road obstruction but reopened just before 6:20 p.m.

I-95 South later closed again near Rocky Mount because of a crash. The left lane remained closed as of 9:30 p.m. near Enfield after Exit 160 (NC 561) and reopened about 11:30 p.m.

Interstate 85 was also affected. In Vance County near Henderson. I-85 North was closed at Mile Marker 212 to 215 on Tuesday night near Exit 212.

It reopened just after 7:45 p.m., the NCDOT said.


NCDOT noted several other roads in the viewing area that have been severely affected.

Mason Road in Durham County was closed near Matthews Road because of severe weather but reopened shortly after 8:30 p.m.

In Wake County, the ramp from I-440 to Exit 1D (Melbourne Road) was closed because of the weather. It reopened about 9:30 p.m.

In Holly Springs, Holly Springs New Hill Road was closed in both directions near Stonender Way and is expected to reopen after 10 p.m.

Severe weather also forced the closure of Honeycutt Road near Durant Road. It should open somewhere around 11:30 p.m.

In Orange County, downed trees were blocking NC 86 near Hawkins Road in Hillsborough. With several trees down, the roadway was finally cleared about 11 p.m.

In Alamance County, NC 119 near Mebane was closed in both directions near Lynch Store Road because of a downed tree blocking the road. It's expected to remain closed until about 10 p.m.

Also in the southern part of the county, E. Greensboro Chapel Hill Road was closed in both directions south of Graham, near Bethel South Fork Road because of downed trees. It reopened just after 8:45 p.m. And Bass Mountain Road is closed near Carl Noah Road after trees came down. The road will be closed overnight.

In the western part of the county, Barber Road was closed from NC 87 N to Elon Ossipee Road because of downed trees. It's expected to reopen Wednesday morning.

And in the southern part, both lanes of NC 87 near Southern High School were closed overnight. Also in that area, Swepsonville Saxapahaw Road was closed overnight near Claremont Trail.

SR-1924 (Rowan Road) in Sampson County is closed in both directions. That is east of Clinton, near NC 24 and New Hope Church Road. It will take longer than expected to reopen, likely not until Wednesday afternoon.

SR-1006 (Siler City Glendon Road) is impassible in Chatham County near Bill Lambert Road. The road flooded and won't be open until 8 a.m., NCDOT said.

Also in Chatham County, US 64 is closed in both directions near Greensboro Avenue because of a downed powerline in the roadway. It may not reopen until Wednesday morning. SR 1736 (Pisgah Church Road) is closed in both directions northeast of Fearrington, near New Hope Church Road because of downed powerlines. It won't reopen until Wednesday morning. Rosser Road, east of Goldston, was closed near Lydia Perry Road because of downed trees and powerlines. It should be back open Wednesday morning.

In Granville County, Goshen Road was closed in both directions near Baxter Huff Road because of high water. It should reopen about midnight. Walnut Grove Road was closed near Noel Tuck, close to Oxford.

In Harnett County, US-401 was closed in both directions south of Lillington, near Byrd's Pond Road. It reopened just before midnight.

In Moore County, Airport Road was closed in both directions west of Carthage near McInnis Road after a power line fell.

Dennys Store Road in Person County was closed both ways near Lester McFarland Road, east of Roxboro because of flooding.

Over in Wayne County, US 13 was closed in both directions west of Mar-Mac, near Loop Road because of a power pole down and blocking US 13 North.

The NCDOT said it might not reopen until near midnight because of a downed tree and power lines near Byrd's Pond Road approximately 1.5 miles south of Bunnlevel.

More than ten thousand customers were without power in the Triangle as a strong line of storms moves across central North Carolina.


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