ASHEBORO, N.C. (WGHP) — Showers and thunderstorms from the midwest moved across the northern half of the Piedmont on Sunday morning and into the afternoon.
The thunderstorm hit a community in Asheboro, knocking trees and power lines down. Tammy Lowe saw two trees in her yard fall to the ground through her front door window.
“I’ve been here 13 years, and this is the first storm that has hit like that here,” Lowe said. “I really thought the windows were about to bust, and so I was like ‘what am I going to do, what am I going to do,’ and about that time is slacked off just a little bit.”
Gwen Carmack was inside cooking a peach pie when her power went out.
“I didn’t know which way to go in the house to get away from it,” she said. “It was hailing so hard. The wind blowing leaves against the house and windows that I couldn’t see out…and it sounded like it was breaking my windows.”
The storm rolled through in 30 minutes. Rain and wind uprooted trees. Some were found split in half. Power lines were down across several roads, and one utility pole was snapped at the ground.
“I just feel really blessed because somebody was watching out,” Carmack said.
N.C. Department of Transportation crews spent the afternoon clearing the roads.
The Franklinville Fire Department received more than 25 calls, mainly concerning downed trees and power lines.
“It come up just in the blink of an eye,” said Captain Dustin Brown. “The next thing you know, the rain was here, and the calls started coming out.”
Fire crews blocked Old Stagecoach Road in Asheboro to check out damage at two homes right next to each other.
A tree snapped and landed on the roof of one house. The American Red Cross assisted the man living there.
Next-door, there was a similar situation.
“Shock. Just kind of shocking because in all the years we’ve been here, we’ve never had this type of thing happen,” Todd Reynolds said.
A tree fell on his two vehicles and house.
“I think the truck got the lesser of the damage, but we won’t know until they pull the tree of it,” Reynolds said.
No one was home at the time.
“Were just thankful everybody was safe and nobody got hurt,” he said.
Duke Energy crews assessed the damage and restored power to more than 500 homes.
No injuries have been reported.