::High Winds Damage Homes In The Triangle
From Raleigh Chronicle Staff Reports
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
THE TRIANGLE - Winds up to 60 miles per hour damaged trees and homes all around the Triangle on Monday as utility and government workers tried to restore power to many areas throughout the day.
At one point, some 300,000 customers were without power throughout North Carolina said the NC Governor's Office, although most of those homes have already had electricity restored.
The same Nor'easter storm that spawned high winds in North Carolina also caused flooding and other problems throughout the eastern seaboard, killing a total of 17 people over the last couple of days.
In the Triangle, high gusts from a passing large storm started early in the morning and continued even through the night, knocking over large trees and blowing roof tiles off of many homes.
Damage seemed to be worse in Morrisville and Cary than Raleigh, but all areas in Wake County seemed to see damage from the storm.
In Cary, several homes were damaged from the high winds, say city officials.
Cary officials say that more than 50 trees fell in roads or public areas throughout the town and around four homes were struck by trees in the town including residences on Madison Avenue and Ellen Drive, but no injuries were reported.
The town has temporarily closed Coatbridge Trail at Annie Jones Park and the Franklin Field at Lions Park to make repairs resulting from storm damage, say officials.
A storm-related sinkhole on Tryon Road is also still causing traffic shifts, says the city.
The city says that a special collection for trees and material from the storm will be announced Thursday.
"While the special collection schedule we plan to announce on Thursday will give citizens plenty of time to get their storm debris to the curb, we encourage everyone to move as quickly as possible," said Interim Cary Public Works and Utilities Director Mike Bajorek.
The city also said that several stoplights were out on Monday including Davis Drive lights near Morrisville and signals at Cary Parkway and High Meadow Drive.
Raleigh & Morrisville Damage
Damage in Morrisville also seemed to be widespread as several homes sustained damage including roofing tile segments seen on the ground. One home had part of the deck blown off and the parts landed on a satellite dish. Another home had an entire metal swing with a canopy lifted up and tossed over the side as if it were a toy and it landed on an air-conditioning unit.
In Raleigh, the city says that high winds damaged a traffic signal span, bringing down traffic signals at the westbound I-540 ramp at Capital Boulevard. The traffic signal was to have been repaired today, say officials.
Also in the Five Points area off of Glenwood Avenue, which has many old-growth oak trees, several crews were in that area repairing damaged power lines.
On Cole Street, the Raleigh Chronicle noticed that the street was blocked off by police as Raleigh Fire Department crews and city workers cut down a damaged tree that was perilously close to falling on a house and part of which had already fallen on power lines. At other homes in the Five Points area, deck furniture was seen blown off of houses and plenty of streets were littered with tree debris.
Many homes in Raleigh, including those in the North Hill Mall area on Lassiter Mill Road, were without power late into the night as utility crews could be seen trying to restore power.
Durham Wind Damage
In Durham, according to WRAL-TV, there was quite a bit of damage as well to the Durham Bulls Ballpark as the famous "Hit Bull Win A Steak" sign at the ballpark was damaged.
"As of about 2pm, we've cleaned up about 37 trees in streets or on power lines since this morning," said Kevin Lilley, facilities operations manager for Landscape Services and Urban Forestry in the City's Department of General Services in a press statement on Monday. "We have about 34 more trees to go, and will be working throughout the day and into tomorrow to remove these trees," he said. ::