DURHAM: Storms damage homes, power lines, trees in Durham Co. - WRBL

Storms damage homes, power lines, trees in Durham Co.

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This home on Arnold Road in Durham was split in two This home on Arnold Road in Durham was split in two
DURHAM, N.C. -

Reports of damage came out of Durham County Thursday following severe weather that rolled across central North Carolina.

The Triangle experienced heavy rains for most of the afternoon but at 6:10 p.m., the National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for Durham County.

At one point, more than 6,000 customers were without power, according to Duke Energy. At 10:45 p.m., 5,200 customers were still in the dark.

Wake, Orange and Wake counties were under flash flood warnings until 3 a.m. Friday. The rain had mostly cleared out by 7 a.m.

A tornado warning was issued for Granville and Person counties at 6:54 p.m. but expired around 7:20 p.m. No reports of damage came out of either county.

WNCN’s Steve Sbraccia said power lines and trees were down near Hope Valley Road and University Drive following the storms.

"There has been some significant damage," Sbraccia said. "Some of the power lines have been knocked down, some telephone poles have been taken down and some trees."

The NWS said a team will be sent out to Durham at approximately 10 a.m. Friday to determine if a tornado touched down. The team look at the areas around Hope Valley Road, Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway, and University Drive.

The 2800 block of University Drive, which was shut down Thursday night, was re-opened at 7 a.m. Friday.

Several homes throughout Durham were damaged, some split by trees. One home on Arnold Road was split in two by a tree and is a total loss. The homeowner wasn't home at the time, but two dogs were. A neighbor was able to rescue the dogs.

The Bryson Montessori school also suffered damage. Just after school let out Thursday, strong winds blew through, uprooting trees in the playground.

School officials told WNCN's Bianca Spinosa that they don't think much of it is salvageable. No children were at the school at the time and the school structure is still intact.

A flood-prone area of Chapel Hill dodged damage from Thursday's severe storm. Standing water could still be seen as of Friday morning on the lawn of Camelot Village on South Estes Drive.

Last June the area flooded, forcing people from their condos for months. Property managers say things have finally gotten back to normal within the last month or so. They say this time the water only reached the parking lot and didn't go inside any condos.

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