WEATHER: Trees fall on cars, power lines down as storms move through

Severe storms moving through Central North Carolina caused problems as strong winds and heavy rains brought down trees across the Triangle.

Significant damage was seen on the ground in Orange County, with trees, power lines, and debris littering the roads Friday afternoon.

Power lines and trees are down at U.S. 70-A and Meadowlands Drive, and straight-line wind damage has been reported at the Orange County campus of Durham Tech. Public Works crews are clearing a tree across half of Meadowlands Drive. There are scattered power outages in town, which are affecting some traffic lights. There are also scattered tree limbs and debris on the ground.

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Severe weather brings down power lines around the Triangle.

Widespread power outages were reported across Fayetteville, including at parts of Cross Creek Mall.

Cumberland County Emergency Services Director Gene Booth said that trees are down across the county, including a tree that fell on a residence in the Vander area and one on a house near Andrews Road. Trees have fallen on power lines and there are power outages in the Cross Creek Mall area, along Morganton Road, Bragg Boulevard and Sycamore Dairy Road.

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Most power has been restored in Cumberland County.

Chatham County officials said that as of late Friday afternoon, they had received one report of a possible minor tornado touchdown on the north side of Siler City. Chatham County Emergency Management reported no injuries, but two residences sustained damage, one warehouse had roof damage and numerous trees were down.

In Wake Forest, approximately 150 customers who live in the vicinity of Durham Road are without power.

In Durham, a tree crashed onto a car Friday morning on W. Trinity Avenue at Buchanan Boulevard.

There were people in the car at the time but they have been removed, said Chris Iannuzzi Deputy Chief for Durham Fire Department.

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No one was injured.

Parts of the tree remained in the road about noon. Several lanes of Trinity remain blocked.

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Another tree also fell on cars on Minerva Avenue in Durham.

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Durham Police said two cars were damaged. No one was injured.

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A tree crashed on top of a car on Minerva Avenue in Durham.

In the 2400 block of St. Mary's Road in Durham near Red Pine Road, power lines were blocking the road after a car crashed and snapped a power pole.

The Highway Patrol is at the scene and drivers are advised to avoid the area until repair work on the power lines is completed.

In Raleigh on Friday, an ABC11 Eyewitness reported a large tree fell beside his house, crushing his neighbor's parked cars.

Cary Fire Department responded Friday to a report of power lines on a road after a tree fell on Green Level W Road at Green Level Church Road.

Also in Cary, a tree fell on Sudbury Drive.

In Zebulon, a crash blocked a road.

Zebulon Police said a woman was driving on Shepard School Road late Thursday night when she heard a loud crack.

Then a tree fell on her car.

Police said had the woman been in the opposite lanes, she likely would have been crushed.

She wasn't injured.

Shepard School Road was closed while the tree was removed but has since reopened.

Severe weather is expected to continue throughout the day.


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