A 78-year-old woman in North Carolina died after a tree fell on her vehicle during severe thunderstorms. The storms also caused power outages for about 67,500 customers. Strong winds and hail were reported in various areas. Durham Public Schools canceled classes and some roads remain closed. Motorists are advised to follow road closures and treat intersections without working traffic lights as four-way stops. News/Talk/Sports 94.9 WSJM reported
(NEW YORK) — A seventy-eight-year-old woman from North Carolina tragically lost her life when a tree crashed onto her vehicle amidst the onslaught of severe thunderstorms in the region on Tuesday evening.
Furthermore, the storms caused power outages for approximately 67,500 customers as of Wednesday morning, according to poweroutage.us.
The storms also resulted in a fatality. Donna Warsaw, a woman driving through an intersection in Durham, was struck by a large falling tree on Tuesday after 4 p.m., leading to her immediate death, as reported by the police.
Due to the aftermath of the storms, Durham Public Schools declared the cancellation of classes for Wednesday.
In North Carolina, wind gusts reached speeds of up to 72 mph, while South Carolina experienced gusts as high as 87 mph. Additionally, Georgia and North Carolina saw hailstones the size of golf balls falling from the sky.
Various roads remain closed, and parts of Durham are currently without electricity, as mentioned by the police on Wednesday morning.
“We would like to remind drivers to respect any barricades or signs placed on the roads. When approaching an intersection with non-functioning traffic lights, treat it as a four-way stop. Our crews are diligently working to repair the damages caused by last night’s storm, and it is possible that further road closures may be necessary,” stated the Durham police in a released statement.