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Wind, Lightning Bring Down Trees in Greensboro

11:08 PM, Jun 25, 2013   |    comments
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Greensboro, NC -- Tuesday afternoon was anything but quiet once storms started rumbling across the Triad.

Severe weather warnings were issued shortly after 4:00 p.m. and were quickly followed by heavy rain, thunder and lightning.

Emergency responders were dispatched to several lightning strike calls during the storm. WFMY News 2's Grant Gilmore said lightning was very heavy during much of the storm, especially in Guilford County. As many as 200 lightning strikes were recorded within a 15 minute time period during the height of the storm over Greensboro.

People in one Greensboro neighborhood say lightning and strong winds are to blame for bringing down a tree.

"We were inside and we heard what sounded like a clap of thunder and we ran to the window and saw this massive tree was laying across the road, completely blocking the road," said Erin Oliver, Greensboro resident.

Oliver says a tree on Edney Ridge Road fell during the storm. The tree fell from Robert Chavis' yard.

"[There] was a lot of lightning and thundering and it came real fast," said Chavis. "I had just walked into the house and it was fine. It was just drizzling, then I opened the front door, the wind was blowing hard, it was pouring down rain, and the tree fell."

No one was injured and the tree did not cause any damage to the surrounding homes.

"I'm just glad it didn't fall towards the house and you know, just thank God about that," said Chavis.

Guilford County Emergency Management says there were at least eight reported trees down within Greensboro city limits, including one at Battleground Avenue and New Garden Road.

The storm also took down power lines and knocked out power. Traffic lights were out at many intersections across Greensboro, resulting in police having to directing traffic.

WFMY News 2

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