RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – A severe thunderstorm has knocked out power for more than 9,000 people in central North Carolina as of 4:30 p.m.

The thunderstorms impacted central Wake, western Nash, Harnett, Vance, Warren, northwestern Sampson, southeastern Granville, northern Cumberland, western Wilson, Johnston and Franklin counties beginning at 4 p.m. Tuesday and is expected to remain through 6 p.m.

Wind gusts could reach 60 mph. This could damage vehicles, house roofs, siding and trees.

So far, the largest damage seen is the loss of power throughout the Triangle.

Approximately 2,000 were without power as far north as Oxford, while around 1,000 were seeing outages near Butner and Creedmoor.

More south, Apex was also experiencing approximately 1,000 outages, with the Eagle Rock area east seeing around 740.

Then, other areas such as east of Raleigh, near Eubanks, west of Durham and near Lake Royale saw more than 100 outages each.

As of 8 p.m., many have power restored. However, the most affected area is between Knightdale and Wendell that still has close to 700 outages.

Finally, just before 10:30 p.m., nearly all power was restored. Only Apex saw more than 100 people affected.

Central North Carolina remained in a level 1 risk out of 5.

Additionally, the first major physical damage was reported by the Durham Sheriff’s Twitter account.

A fallen tree off of Birch Drive has blocked the entire road and there is currently no timetable for removal.

Storm damage Tuesday brought a tree crashing down to cover all of Birch Road in Durham (Durham Sheriff on Twitter).

Additionally, Raleigh police have just notified drivers that all southbound lanes of Louisberg Road are also currently blocked, also due to a fallen tree. All travelers are asked to find other routes at this time.