Cleanup Follows Severe Storms

Storm Damage 4-29 1Cleanup is underway from Thursday evenings storms that swept across the area. At the peak of the storm, nearly 1,000 power customers were without electricity across Johnston County.

Hail, heavy rains, lightning and strong winds accompanied the storms which produced at three separate thunderstorm warnings locally.

Numerous trees and limbs were knocked down by the rain and winds.  A large tree fell on a car on Crump Street, off South Fifth Street in Smithfield.

At least one fire was reported on Fox Chase Lane in Wilson’s Mills which may have been started by a lightning strike.

Johnston County 911 Director Jason Barbour said, “It was busier than our average typical thunderstorm response but it was manageable. We were glad everyone was able to work together and no one was seriously injured.”   Barbour said there were about a dozen power outages. Crews were also dispatched to 17 downed tree incidents and one house fire.

There were no weather-related injuries reported in the county. Photos by John Payne