Storm damage: Roof ripped off Wilson County home, massive tree falls in Garner

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— Thousands of customers were without power in Wake and Wilson counties Friday morning, and strong winds ripped the roof off a Lucama home overnight.

While not everyone experienced damage from overnight thunderstorms, areas east of Wake County are feeling the biggest impacts Friday morning.

In Lucama, winds ripped the metal roof off a mobile home on Bass Road. Panels came off the home and blew across the street.

Storm damage in Lucama: May 20, 2022

Some of the worst damage was east of the Triangle near Rocky Mount and Wilson, where Wilson Energy is reporting over 14,000 customers are without power at 5 a.m. — over one-third of their customers.

Wilson County Schools will be closed Friday because storms caused power outages at schools across the district, officials said. Statewide, around 24,000 customers are without power in North Carolina.

Around 6,000 customers were without power in Wake County, especially in the Garner area. A massive tree crashed into a home in Garner’s Grissom’s Farm neighborhood overnight, and Sky 5 flew over the site at 8:45 a.m.

In Johnston County, in Smithfield, a family sent WRAL News video of their trampoline blowing across their backyard and crashing into their home.

There were several road closures in southern Wake County:

  • Parkway Drive closed between Jennifer Drive and Brookwood Drive
  • Ten Ten Road closed between Fanny Brown Road to Mountain Drive
  • Rand Road closed from Brothers Way to Ponderosa Circle
  • Crowder Road closed between Ashwood Road and Ten Ten Road