Tornado watch, severe thunderstorm warnings canceled

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Most of the Piedmont is seeing the sun again after an afternoon of strong winds and some places getting small hail.

The final severe thunderstorm warning expired around 5:20 p.m. for extreme southeastern Randolph County, and the tornado watch until 8 p.m. has been canceled.

The strong winds caused several trees to fall in the Piedmont, and most reports came from Forsyth and Randolph counties.

A tree was downed on Business 40 westbound and Linville Road around 3:30 p.m. A private citizen used a chain saw to remove the tree, and NCDOT officials said it was cleared in about an hour.

The National Weather Service also received a report of numerous trees down and hail near golf ball size in Tobaccoville.

Trees were reported down at 6868 Styers Ferry Road southwest of Lewisville. A tree also was reported down at the intersection of Barney Hill Road and High Point Road.

In Donnaha, trees were reported down at the intersection of Martin Ferry Road and Donnaha Road.

Forsyth County dispatchers also received reports of trees down on Weigh Station Road in Rural Hall and Baux Martin Road just outside of the Winston-Salem city limits.

There were three reports of trees down in Randolph County. A tree fell on a power line at Old Cedar Falls Road east of Asheboro, and not too far away, a tree was reported down at Cedar Falls Road and Henley Country Road. Another tree was reported down in Staley.

In Guilford County, a tree was reported down on Westridge Road in northwest Greensboro.

In Wilkes County, the NWS received a report of a tin roof blown off a building two miles northwest of Windy Gap.

As of 5 p.m., nearly 800 Duke Energy customers are without power in Surry County, about 300 in Forsyth County and about 200 in Rockingham County.

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