A weather system that caused tornadoes in the upper Midwest was pushing east Friday, following on storms that killed one man in Cary with a lightning strike on Thursday night and caused home fires in Cary and Raleigh.
About 8:20 p.m. Thursday, Steven Bryan, 28, of Angier was struck by lightning in the parking lot of Crossroads Plaza in Cary and died at WakeMed Hospital in Raleigh, officials said.
Marion Houle, a division chief with Cary EMS, said two ambulances – one from Cary and one from Wake EMS – and a Wake EMS supervisor responded to the scene when the call came in at 8:17 p.m.
When they arrived to the parking lot of Michael’s, a bystander was administering CPR to Steven Bryan, 28, Houle said. He was taken in critical condition to WakeMed Hospital in Raleigh where he died, Houle said.
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Houle, who has been with the department for several years, said it’s rare for someone to get struck and killed by lightning in the area.
“This might be the second or third lightning occurrence over the past 15-plus years,” he said. “It’s definitely not an everyday occurrence.”
The storm caused other destruction throughout the area.
In Raleigh, just after 12 a.m. Friday, firefighters found a four-apartment building at 4724 Courtney Lane in flames after a 911 call and immediately called for a second alarm.
One person was taken to the hospital for treatment of a burn, and the fire damaged the entire building before being stopped, officials said. They blamed a lightning strike for the fire.
In Cary, one family was displaced by a lightning-caused fire at 105 Webb St., and a fire that was believed to be caused by lightning did extensive damage to a house at 108 Trinity Grove Drive, officials reported.
The family that lived in the Trinity Grove house was away, officials said.
Firefighters also blamed lightning for three other Cary blazes, one in a house being built on Rosiere Drive and two that did minor damage to homes on Alden Mist Court and Rye Hill Drive.
The National Weather Service said showers and possible thunderstorms were expected to return to the Triangle late Friday afternoon, beginning about 3 p.m. in western sections and after 5 p.m. in Durham and Wake counties.
The storms could dump up to a half-inch of rain in Wake and Johnston counties, forecasters said.
Rain is expected to continue through the night and possibly into early Saturday before clouds begin to break up.
Sunny weather is forecast for the daytime hours Saturday.