Graham, Other Parts of Alamance County Hit By Afternoon Storm

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Video: Storm In Graham, NC - 8/29

  • Monroe Holt Rd, Graham
  • I-85, courtesy: WFMY News 2 Viewer
    

Graham, NC -- A strong storm blew through Alamance County Monday afternoon leaving damage in its path.

Alamance County 911 said the storm knocked trees down around the Graham area.

Graham resident Koby Golden said, "I was scared. I got under a blanket...I was shaking and everything."

Stacey Golden, also from Graham, added, "I thought the roof was going to come off."

A WFMY News 2 viewer reports trees on houses and cars in the 700 block of Rockwood Drive in Graham.  He said power is out in that neighborhood. Duke Energy crews were in the town trying to restore power, but said lights may not come back on until Tuesday because many of the company's workers were helping restore power in places damaged by Hurricane Irene.

Meteorologist Leigh Brock said a heavy storm cell moved through the Graham area between 5-5:30.  There was a severe thunderstorm warning issued for Alamance County during that time. 

Trained weather spotters reported one inch hail and multiple trees down in the area.

Graham resident Lonnie Baker said, "The hail was beating the devil out of everything."

Randy Jones with the Alamance County Sheriff's Office said they had multiple reports of trees on houses and mobile homes in parts of the county. Jones said emergency crews were out assessing the damage, and so far no reports of anyone injured.

The Fire Marshal's Office blamed the damage on straight line winds.
 
In Burlington, Sgt. Jay Smith, with Burlington Police said a tree fell on a house on Maple Ave. The family is being helped by the Red Cross, according to Sgt. Smith.

Sgt. Smith said there was some minor flooding on Church St. near City Park, but no reports of major damage anywhere in city limits.

WFMY News 2

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