Powerful storm leaves its mark across Central NC

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Thursday, February 25, 2016
Powerful storm leaves its mark across our area
Damage from a possible tornado Wednesday in Granville County

Residents across the viewing area are dealing with the aftermath of a powerful line of thunderstorms that triggered tornado warnings and widespread reports of damage across the Triangle Wednesday. In all, there were more than 20 tornado warnings for the Triangle area.

Officials from the National Weather Service are expected to assess the damage later Thursday to determine if tornadoes were to blame and what their intensity was.

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Due to the storms, Duke Progress Energy crews have been working around the clock to repair many power outages.

The linger outages has forced Spring Creek Middle and Spring Creek High schools in Wayne County to operate on a three hour delay Thursday morning.


As of 6:30 a.m., hundreds of customers were still in the dark in Durham, Wake, Orange, Moore, Granville, Franklin and Johnston counties due to damaged power lines from down trees and debris.

On Trevor Circle and Chauncer in Durham, several trees went down Wednesday evening, mostly doing minimal harm, but one fell on Jerry Dodd's car minutes after his wife returned home.

"Fortunately she was okay," Dodd said. "She was inside with the dogs and the wind became pretty ferocious so she climbed into the closet under the stairs with the dogs and she heard the actual crash."

In Granville County, a home was destroyed in the Huntsboro community near the Henderson-Oxford airport. Several more homes were damaged.

Residents described the loud noise and seeing things flying around. Amazingly, no one was hurt.

"We've been fortunate so far with no reports of serious injuries or widespread damages, but we're not out of the woods yet," Gov. Pat McCrory said. "We've seen before how deadly overnight storms can be. Please continue to stay tuned to the weather and heed directions from your local officials."

In Raleigh, a tree smashed through roof of Fruit of Labor World Cultural Center.

ABC11 viewers sent in photos of a funnel cloud on the ground in Henderson.

Funnel cloud over Henderson

There were also reports of trees down in northern Durham County and Chapel Hill.

Trees and power lines were ripped down around Mount Olive.

Huge hail stones were reported in Creedmoor.

Smaller hail covered the ground in Gray's Creek.

A funnel cloud was seen over Wake Forest.

In Chatham County, there were reports of trees down around Siler City.

Earlier Wednesday, the National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for Wayne County just after 1 p.m. During that time, a mobile home was damaged along Sanderson Road in the Indian Springs community when its roof was torn off.

PHOTOS: Storms rip through North Carolina

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Early signs of the storm brewing over downtown Raleigh.
ABC11 Eyewitness/Jordan Petersen

A family with several children in the home were not injured. The National Weather Service is slated to determine Thursday if a twister caused the damage there and in other spots.

The good news is we're looking for just a windy and dry Thursday.

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