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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Severe weather rolled through the Foothills and Piedmont of North Carolina late Monday afternoon through the evening.

Beginning around 5 p.m. Monday a severe thunderstorm developed in Wilkes, Surry and Yadkin County producing 60 mph winds, heavy rain and frequent lightning.

Multiple Severe Thunderstorm Warnings were issued for the southern half of the WFMY News 2 viewing area for 60 mph winds and 1" hail.

Numerous trees were reported down in Randolph County where over 3,500 residents were at what time without power. Randolph County EMS dispatchers told WFMY News 2 they responded to reports of trees down on East Naomi Street, East Academy Street, South Main Street, and Varner Street. No injuries were reported.

Dispatchers said they also received a few reports of trees down in the southern part of the county in Seagrove on Union Church Grove Road and Ralph Lawrence Road.

The storms gathered in strength and size as they advanced east into the Piedmont. A WFMY News 2 viewer reported a 68 mph wind gust in Randleman.

In addition to the damaging winds and large hail the storms were producing a large amount of lightning. Chief Meteorologist Grant Gilmore said that some of the storms were producing more that 450 lightning strikes in less than 15 minutes.

Rainfall was also very high within the stronger storms. Parts of Randolph County had radar estimated rainfall totals of over 3". The Asheboro Municipal Airport, however, only reported .34"

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