Power outages, damage reported as storms move through NC

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RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — Some people were without power and there was damage as a strong storm system moved through North Carolina on Wednesday afternoon.

The line of storms with heavy rains and high winds moved from the mountains to the Greensboro area and began to hit the Triangle around 3 p.m.

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Heavy rains and high winds caused more than 1,000 power outages while some tree limbs were downed in the Piedmont earlier Wednesday afternoon.

A tree was reported down on Alpine Drive in Durham. A section of Capital Blvd near downtown Raleigh was flooded and police shut down part of a lane.

The National Weather Service reported at 4 p.m. that 1 inch of rain fell in Warren County during a 25-minute period. In Hoke County, the weather service reported that .8 inches of rain fell in 30 minutes.

Duke Energy reported several thousand outages across central North Carolina as of 3:45 p.m.  The storm could cause traffic problems during the evening rush-hour on Wednesday.

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A severe thunderstorm warning was issued at one point for Franklin, Southern Vance, Southeastern Granville and Northeastern Wake counties.

Weather officials said the storms were capable of producing damaging winds in excess of 58 mph.

There was some heavier damage reported in Randolph and Davidson counties, where roofs were blown off some buildings and trees were knocked over in Lexington.

Meteorologists from the Raleigh weather office will be conducting a storm survey in Davidson and Randolph Counties on Thursday morning, officials said.

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