Evening of storms shakes up county
By John Joyce
Published in News on June 20, 2014 1:46 PM
Power outages remained this morning in some areas of Wayne County and cleanup of fallen tree limbs began after severe thunderstorms moved through parts of the county Thursday night and this morning.
According to the National Weather Service in Raleigh, two rounds of severe thunderstorms swept over the county, the first at about 9:30 p.m., and the second between 1:25 and 2 a.m.
"We had some reports of trees down east of Brogden, and dime-size hail in Dudley," meteorologist Darin Figurskey said.
Figurskey said Seymour Johnson Air Force Base reported wind gusts as high as 63 miles per hour.
Areas without power included the Elroy community and sections along N.C. 111 Highway South, as well as parts of Goldsboro's south side, according to officials with Duke Progress Energy.
Maj. Mike West of the Goldsboro Police Department confirmed that a downed power line forced road closures in Glenhaven Lane area, including McArthur and Benton streets.
"The downed line affected power as far north as Bunche Drive and as far south as Arrington Bridge Road," West said.
The North Carolina State Highway Patrol reported no major traffic accidents in the county.
Fallen trees and tree limbs were reported along Greenfield Cemetery Road and N.C. 111 Highway South.
At least two transformer fires were reported -- one at Ruby Road and the other at Tom Herring Road. The Elroy Volunteer Fire Department responded to both and reported visible damage and power outages but no fire.