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Storm topples trees, downs power lines

Staff report
Heavy rain and winds blew through Salisbury and much of Rowan County on Thursday afternoon, knocking down trees and power lines.
The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning just after 2 p.m. for Rowan and surrounding counties.
“Most of this was probably wind damage,” weather center meteorologist Jeffrey Taylor said.
Plenty of rain and some storm damage were reported at opposite ends of the county, in Rockwell and the Mount Ulla area.
Just before the rain cleared, Rockwell resident Bill Overman said his rain gauge had collected about .40 inch of water. Overman measured the wind speed at 31 mph.
A caller to the Post reported a downed tree near Sloan Park. However, none of those reports had been recorded through the National Weather Service.
Taylor said the closest report was from Mooresville, where residents said trees and power lines were down.
The weather is expected to be much clearer today, with temperatures reaching into the mid-90s. The weather will be sunny and hot throughout the weekend, Taylor said.

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