Tornado warnings and severe thunderstorm warnings dominate Tuesday afternoon in North Carolina

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Severe weather knocks down trees, dumps rain in NC
Severe weather knocks down trees, dumps rain in NCThe storm was blamed for several accidents across Durham.

RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) -- Severe weather pushed its way across North Carolina, dumping heavy rain and whipping up dangerous wind across the region.

The rain moved in Tuesday morning. Severe storms developed, first in the Piedmont and then pushed east toward the Triangle and Sandhills.

Multiple tornado warnings happened across the ABC11 viewing area Tuesday afternoon. But so far there are no reports of serious damage or tornados touching down.

Multiple severe storms also developed in the region. The storms packed quite the punch with winds up over 60 mph and heavy rainfall.

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In Durham, Carl McKinnie Jr. said another driver ran him off the road. He said he lost control of his truck and it ended up in a ditch on North Roxboro Street

The storm was blamed for several accidents across Durham.

"He was driving too fast," McKinnie said. "What happened was the water came from the street, landed up in my windshield, hit the water puddles on the side, hit the curb and went off the cliff."

Luckily, he was able to climb out of the truck and was OK.

"I'm all right," he said. "No scratches."

The weather caused other problems across Durham. ABC11 spotted a car submerged in water on Hillandale Road and downed powerlines on Nottaway Road in Hope Valley.

Weather was also blamed for three separate crashes on Holloway Street and Lynn Road; Some people were taken to a hospital but no one sustained what were considered life-threatening injuries, ABC11 learned.

The rain and wind also knocked out power to thousands of customers in the region. Duke Energy reports more than 100,000 people across the state lost power during the storms.

Meanwhile, in Nash County, the weather forced traffic to come to a complete stop on Interstate 95. For the latest updates on that and other road closures, click here.

Many schools and businesses in the region closed early Tuesday in advance of the storms arriving. Now with some areas dealing with damage and power outages, a few school districts are opening late on Wednesday.

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