This afternoon a line of strong winds passed through Wake Forest as the Weather Service issued tornado warnings. While no confirmed tornados hit Wake Forest, residents suffered damage from the strong winds, downdrafts, or microbursts.
It is too early to say even if a tornado struck the Town but some big trees and power lines suffered fatal damage. The tree damage was especially acute along North Main Street and West Juniper Avenue.
Local resident Elizabeth Hayner said when the winds passed through the North Main Street area it was like a horror movie and sounded like a freight train was passing by.
Jake Alderman from Central Carolina Skywarn said the damage looked like it could have been caused by a funnel cloud that did not touch the ground, a downdraft, or even a microburst.
Soon after the strong winds passed, local residents and neighbors had already started clearing downed trees and cleaning up. Luckily the down trees, for the most part, missed homes and did not cause extensive damage to residences.
Additionally we were fortunate there was no immediate rain falling which made cleanup and securing the area an easier task.
A billboard along Capital Blvd had its poles snapped and it was blown over. Watch the video above for more on this.