RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Tornado warnings began popping up in central North Carolina around 7:15 p.m. Thursday night, bringing an early end to trick-or-treating in parts of the area.
Shortly after 7:45 p.m., the National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for parts of Durham, Orange, Person, and Granville counties until 8:30 p.m.
Shortly after 9 p.m., Wake County was placed in a tornado warning until 9:45 p.m.
The Town of Chapel Hill encouraged people to remain indoors until the warning passes. The Durham County Sheriff’s Office also said trick-or-treaters should return home.
Still, that wasn’t enough to totally stop the party in Chapel Hill. UNC students battled through the wind and rain to celebrate one of the school’s favorite traditions — Halloween on Franklin Street.
In Fayetteville, about 40,000 customers were without power for more than an hour, leading police to encourage people to cease trick-or-treating. Power was restored to many of those affected by about 7 p.m.
As of about 9:45 p.m., there were more than 1,200 without power in Orange County and 30,000 statewide.
“The outage was caused by an object coming into contact with our power lines,” Duke Energy said.
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