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Severe storms down trees, power lines

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The Middlesex area appeared to take the brunt of Mother Nature’s fury for Nash County as severe thunderstorms packing high winds, hail, and possible tornadoes rolled across the region Monday morning.

Brantley Road, Debnam Road and Massey Road in Middlesex were all left impassable as debris from downed trees and yard items were strewn about like toys.

No major structure damage had been reported late Monday, but not all areas of the roads were accessible. No injuries were reported as of Monday evening.

Further west, the entire town of Zebulon was left without power. N.C. 39 and U.S. 264 were both rendered impassable as well from trees that appeared twisted and snapped.

“I just thank God above its just the trees that these folks lost,” said Jesse Turnall of Zebulon as he surveyed the damage on Brantley Road. “This sure could be a whole lot worse than it is.”

Students at Southern Nash High School huddled in the hallways for more than half an hour as the storms passed over. At one point, a funnel cloud was reported near the campus on Old Smithfield Road.