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Storm causes city, homeowners considerable headaches early Thursday evening

SALISBURY — A thunderstorm packing sheets of rain and heavy winds ripped through Salisbury early Thursday evening, leading to reports of several downed trees and fallen branches.

The storm passed through the city about 6 p.m.

Close to 8 p.m., Duke Energy was reporting 19 locations with outages around Salisbury and Spencer, affecting fewer than 300 customers.

The storm brought down huge trees on both South Fulton Street and Mitchell Avenue.

A maple tree cracked at its base at 402 S. Fulton St. and fell across both lanes toward the three-story Fairmont Terrace building. Utility lines caught the top of the tree and probably saved Fairmont Terrace from significant damage.

Traffic had to be detoured around the South Fulton/West Horah intersection.

On Mitchell Avenue, a large tree fell near the street at the home of Al and Trish Dunn in the 600 block.

— Mark Wineka

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