Forsyth County Takes Pounding When Storm Rolls Through Thursday

11:42 PM, Jun 13, 2013   |    comments
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Winston-Salem, NC-- Hundreds of down trees across Forsyth county caused more than 50,000 power outages on Thursday afternoon.

People told News 2 that the storm moved through fast but left a lot of damage. The clean-up process started immediately as Duke Energy worked to get power lines repaired.

WFMY News 2's Liz Crawford saw dozens of trees laying across Patterson Avenue in Winston-Salem. In front of the Vulcan Materials building was a large limb that brought down power lines. Shortly after the storm, Duke Energy linemen were there to repair it.

"They send us on the biggest outages, we get those first and then we work our way down to the smaller ones," said Darrell Shelton, a lineman with Duke Energy.

News 2 talked to David Rice. He was home alone in Winston-Salem when the storm hit. He went to shut his patio door when a tree came crashing down on his house.

Rice said, "Suddenly I heard this crackle crackle, crackle, boom! And the tree fell over and hit my house."

Jane Seccomee came home to glass all over her house. A tree crashed through her sun-room windows. Seccomee's husband was home at the time but he left the house when the storm started to get bad.

"He was very worried about the wind and the possibility that one of these trees could come down," said Seccomee.

Emergency crews blocked off roads where power lines were dangerous. Police and fire officials detoured traffic and monitored dangerous lines. Traffic lights were out across the county.

Thankfully, Forsyth emergency management personnel told News 2 they didn't have any reports of injuries related to the storm.

WFMY News 2

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