More than 500 Garner residents remained without electricity Friday after a line of strong thunderstorms passed through the area late Thursday afternoon.
But the damage was worse in other parts of the Triangle.
A 20-year-old woman died from injuries received when she was pinned under a large tree in Chapel Hill during Thursday evening’s severe storms.
Orange County Emergency Services said the tree was toppled by storm winds on the 300 block of East Franklin Street in Chapel Hill after 5 p.m. Thursday.
Across the Triangle Friday morning, residents were still dealing with power outages and downed trees from the line of thunderstorms and heavy winds, with gusts up to 60 mph.
Duke Energy Progress reported 243,000 customers across North and South Carolina still without power as of 8 a.m. Friday. Outages peaked at 356,916. As of Friday morning, more than 550 Garner customers remained powerless.
“Some of these folks may need to prepare for multi-day damage,” said spokeswoman Erin Culbert. She said the damage is comparable to that caused by a tropical storm or hurricane.
People can call the power company for local-level damage estimates. Wake County residents should call Legacy Progress at 1-800-419-6356.
Garner will conduct a special one-time cleanup of unprepared storm-related yard waste on Thursday. A pass of the whole town will be made, but there will be no backtracking. Residents are asked to have debris at the curb for pickup. Routine yard waste service will continue as normal as well.
Pickup is for yard waste, only, the town’s press release said. No construction or demolition debris will be picked up in the sweep. Call Garner Public Works for more information: 919-772-7600.
Damage reports from other areas in the the Triangle included:
• A tree that fell on a house near Cary’s Tryon Road.
• A tree snapped in two by high winds downed a power line and traffic signals at the intersection of Glen Eden and Blue Ridge roads in Raleigh.
• Multiple trees downed in Chapel Hill, affecting Franklin Street, Rosemary Street and other major roads, according to a town spokesman.
On a good note, North Carolina is drought-free for the first time in three years, according to the N.C. Drought Management Advisory Council.
The last time the U.S. Drought Monitor showed neither drought nor abnormally dry conditions in North Carolina was the week of April 20, 2010.