Power outages, downed trees were reported in central NC after storms late Thursday

RALEIGH, NC (WNCN) — Severe thunderstorm warnings began in central North Carolina counties just after 10 p.m. Thursday.

Late Thursday evening and into early Friday morning, the National Weather Service warned of severe storms in parts of Orange, Wake, Durham Chatham, Nash, Edgecombe, Wilson, Johnston, Wayne, Lee and Harnett counties.

Reported hazards included 70-mph wind gusts and hail, which was described as quarter- and ping-pong-sized. For the Lake Wheeler and Garner areas, the National Weather Service said storm events were particularly destructive.

A Duke Energy truck is on its way to Chapel Hill early Friday to restore power. (WNCN Photo/Laura Smith)

The last severe thunderstorm warning expired at 2:15 a.m. Friday in the areas of Edgecombe County, Southeastern Nash County and Central Wilson County.

The CBS 17 storm team has received many reports of hail damage, as well as reports of trees falling on houses, lightning strikes, and high winds that have caused some power outages across the area.

An NWS worker reports that a large tree has fallen, blocking both lanes of Ten Ten Road. and S Mountain Dr. in Raleigh at approximately 4:30 p.m. Another Wake County location, off Blaney Franks Rd. There will be a road closure early Friday as several trees have fallen.

NWS also reports that two utility poles and wires are down in Wilson County, blocking the road at the 2800 block of Forest Hills Rd. SW

https://www.cbs17.com/news/local-news/power-outages-downed-trees-reported-in-central-nc-after-late-thursday-storms/ Power outages, downed trees were reported in central NC after storms late Thursday

DUSTIN JONES

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