Strong Storms Knock Trees Down In Randolph County

12:04 AM, Jan 12, 2014   |    comments
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RANDLEMAN, N.C. -- Many areas in Randolph County were damaged by strong winds Saturday.

WFMY Meterologist Tim Buckley says winds were estimated to be moving up to 60 m.p.h. Saturday afternoon in the Randleman area as the thunderstorms moved through. 

Randolph County Emergency Services told WFMY News 2 Sunday although a tornado has not been confirmed to have hit the area, they say the damage was a result of "straight-line winds."

After an investigation Sunday, the National Weather Service told WFMY News 2's Tim Buckley that a tornado did not hit the area.

Randolph County EMS tells WFMY News 2 they received over 50 reports of trees down in the Randleman and Sophia area.

Dispatchers said Presnell Street, Academy Street., and East Naomi Street were just some of the areas effected.

Randolph Electric Membership Corporation tells WFMY News 2 Sunday they are near 100 percent restoration of the outages reported.

Workers said Saturday's winds caused 41 scattered outages for nearly 2,300 Randolph EMC members.

Lineman were out all afternoon working to repair the damage, including broken poles and powerlines. As of 10:30 p.m. Saturday night, they said one outage affecting 160 members remained.

As always, Randolph Electric says they want to remind the public that downed power lines can be extremely dangerous. They advise residents to stay far away and to report it as quickly as possible.

Any REMC member who receives service from them is asked to call 1-877-736-2633 to report an outage.

REMC says they are also updating progress on their website, Facebook, and Twitter pages.

There has been no reports of anyone injured.

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