Power outages, storm damage reported in Guilford County

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GREENSBORO, N.C. – A powerful storm that rolled through Greensboro around dinner time Tuesday kept police and cleanup crews busy well past sundown.

As of 10:30 p.m., the Duke Energy outage map showed more than 4,100 customers without power in other parts of Guilford County. At one time, that number was as high as 11,800.

On West Wendover Avenue between Spring Garden and Market street, there were at least four instances of damaged trees hanging into the road.

Police set up road blocks until city crews could cut down limbs that were impeding traffic.

No accidents were reported because of downed tree limbs.

Police were also busy monitoring traffic signals that were dark because of the power outages. Some roads, like Benjamin Parkway, were also temporarily closed because of downed power lines and live wires across the road.

Thomas Sanders avoided the chaos on the road but got right to work once the storm cleared in cleaning up his yard on Wicker Street. Sanders said he heard the rain but didn’t think it would produce so much debris to pick up after.

“I'm surprised it’s in my yard but trees this tall are going to fall,” said Sanders.

One tree in the front yard of a home on Cliffside Terrace was split by the strong wind and ended up coming down on the house next door. No one was inside, but firefighters were called to the home anyway to check it out anyway.

Wind gusts with this storm were measured at 60 miles per hour at the airport.