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Severe storms cause power outages; lightning strike ignites shed fire

More than a thousand people are without power in the Wilmington area on Thursday. (Source: Duke Energy Progress) More than a thousand people are without power in the Wilmington area on Thursday. (Source: Duke Energy Progress)
A Wilmington police officer directs traffic during Thursday's storms that knocked out traffic signals. (Source: Jamie Jordan Facebook) A Wilmington police officer directs traffic during Thursday's storms that knocked out traffic signals. (Source: Jamie Jordan Facebook)
A fire caused by a lightning strike burns a shed on Keaton Avenue. (Source: Viewer submitted) A fire caused by a lightning strike burns a shed on Keaton Avenue. (Source: Viewer submitted)
Wilmington Fire Department crews extinguished a shed fire caused by a lightning strike on Keaton Avenue. (Source: WECT) Wilmington Fire Department crews extinguished a shed fire caused by a lightning strike on Keaton Avenue. (Source: WECT)
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) -

Severe thunderstorms in the Wilmington area Thursday afternoon have resulted in power outages, including traffic lights being out throughout the city.

Numerous outages have been reported, according to a Duke Energy Progress outage map. Two locations — one near Middle Sound and one near Airport Boulevard — each had close to 800 and 700 reported outages, respectively.

The Wilmington Police Department tweeted shortly before 5 p.m. that traffic lights are down throughout the city and reminded drivers to treat intersections without working traffic lights as four-way stops.

There have also been reports of flooded roads throughout the area, including standing water at Gordon and North College roads, and numerous lightning strikes into structures.

One lightning strike caused a structure fire on Keaton Avenue in Wilmington around 5 p.m. A garage was declared a total loss after the fire, according to Capt. Brown with the Wilmington Fire Department.

Brown said the fire was extinguished in 15 minutes and that nobody was injured. 

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