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Man injured by falling tree at NC State Fairgrounds

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN/AP) - A man was injured when a falling tree hit him at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds on Thursday evening as Tropical Storm Michael moved through the region.

UPDATE: Knightdale man talks about surviving falling tree at NC State Fair

The incident happened around 8 p.m. near gate five, authorities said.

Images from the scene showed a large tree down on a tent that was set up in the area.

The man, who was working as a gatekeeper at the fair, suffered injuries that are not critical, Wake County officials said. The N.C. State Fair was canceled Thursday as the tropical storm hit.

Even though the fair was not open, there were people manning some of the gates throughout the day as people came and went, fair officials told CBS 17.

UPDATE: Knightdale man talks about surviving falling tree at NC State Fair

Throughout North Carolina, there were more than 530,000 households in the dark on Thursday night.

Gov. Roy Cooper's office said the power outages were concentrated in central North Carolina's Piedmont region, as trees and power lines toppled under the pressure of winds of up to 60 mph.

Heavy rains dumped up to 7 inches in some areas were making flooding a serious threat.

Flash flooding was snarling the state's two largest cities, Charlotte and Raleigh, as well as the university town of Chapel Hill.

Dozens of swift water rescues and evacuations were needed in the Piedmont region as well as the state's mountains and foothills.

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