The National Weather Service determined Thursday morning that the storm was not a tornado but rather a wet microburst. A wet microburst is a small downward burst of wind that can cause damage to a very small area.
More than a dozen properties in Person County sustained storm damage. Several trees fell onto homes and vehicles, but injuries or deaths were reported.
“The wind was coming over the house and that’s when I was thinking, maybe this is a tornado?” said Danny Briggs, Person County resident. “It was a little bit of hail to start with and the wind was gusting. You couldn’t even see past my front porch,” he added.
Person County officials also said three fires Wednesday night may have been related to the storm. Some residents were without power Thursday morning.
Officials took pictures of the storm damage and the National Weather Service is evaluating them to see if they need to come to Person County and determine if the storm was a tornado.
“It sounded like a big train coming through here. The wind would blow so hard and it was just twirling,” said Michael Smith, Person County resident.
In Cary, officials had to shut down Chapel Hill Road between two ends of Sorrell Street as crews worked to repair the downed power lines.
Part of a tree fell on a home in Cary on Honeysuckle Lane after splitting during Wednesday night’s storm. There were no reports of any injuries.