Fire caused by fallen branch in 5 Points area of Raleigh as storms hit region

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RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — High winds triggered a small fire in the Five Points area of Raleigh Friday afternoon.

A tree branch fell along the 1800 block of Reaves Drive and landed on electrical equipment, causing a small fire, officials say.

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The Raleigh Fire Department was dispatched the scene, which happened in the front yard of a home, around 3 p.m. to extinguish the small blaze.  By 4:15 p.m., no power outages were listed in the area.

A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect until 9 p.m. for areas northeast of Raleigh with damaging wind gusts as the main threat. Winds of up to 60 mph and penny size hail are possible in the severe storms. 

Non-severe storms will still produce frequent lightning and locally heavy rain. Winds will be southwest 15 to 20 mph, with higher gusts.

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