ORANGE COUNTY – More than 12,000 Duke Energy Progress customers were without power at the peak of the outages in the Triangle after the year’s most severe thunderstorms quickly passed through the area this afternoon. It left as quickly as it arrived, but left traffic lights blank, and trees, limbs, and leaves spread across yards and roadways.

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Chapel Hill Police reports that day crews had to extend their work hours to cover intersections and hazardous roadways. However, in the eight-o’clock hour, most of the day crews were able to call it a day.

At 12:40 am work crews completed the removal of the tree blocking a portion of W. Franklin St. as the last of the immediate cleanup needs. All roads were then open to normal traffic.

The Chapel Hill Police Department responded to several down trees blocking road ways in and around the downtown area.



E. Rosemary St and Pickard Ln.

300 Block E. Franklin St.

600 Block W. Franklin St.

2100 Block N. Lakeshore

W. Cameron and Roberson St.

MorganCreek and Fordham Blvd.

Davie Circle


Police responded to additional reports of downed trees in the following areas:

Ephesus Church Rd.

Merritt Mill and Edwards St.

Fordham Blvd at Blue Cross Blue Shield

100 Block of Church St.

South Rd. and Country Club

100 Block Lancaster Dr.

Manchester and Ironwoods Dr.

Smith and Dawes St.