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One person killed as strong storms cross NC; thousands without power

Ron Gallagher, Colin Warren-Hicks and Anne Blythe, The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.) on

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Severe weather across North Carolina on Sunday killed at least one person, according to news outlets, and Duke Energy crews were working Monday morning to restore electric service to more than 31,000 customers.

Two storms, reported as tornadoes, toppled trees and ripped apart homes in Greensboro and Reidsville.

The Triangle saw heavy rain and gusts of wind. Duke reported that outages were affecting 1,153 customers in Durham County and 526 in Wake County at dawn Monday. Almost 21,000 were out in Guilford County.

The National Weather Service recorded peak wind gusts of 48 mph at Raleigh-Durham International Airport and 69 mph at Fort Bragg on Sunday night.

The weather service issued a small-stream flooding advisory for central Wake County until 8:45 a.m., warning that Crabtree Creek was rising and could reach the top of its banks near Wake Forest Road. Flooding is possible in the area of Atlantic Avenue and Hodges Road.

In Greensboro, the News & Record and WFMY TV described several areas that had damage from high winds, with much of it east of U.S. 29. At least seven homes were damaged, as well as a mobile classroom at an elementary school in Greensboro.

Trees were down, pulling power lines with them, making streets impassable in some places.

The death was reported in Greensboro.

The weather service in Raleigh reported that a tornado was spotted near U.S. 29 and East Gate City Boulevard in Greensboro in Guilford County at 5:15 p.m.

Monday morning, weather service personnel were surveying damage to confirm the tornado.

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