High winds down trees, knock out power around Fayetteville

High winds caused this utility pole to sway near the corner of College Avenue and Spring Street in downtown Fayetteville on Wednesday.


A summer storm that rolled into Fayetteville Wednesday afternoon produced high winds that downed trees and knocked out power to several stoplights along College Avenue.

The storm produced wind gusts as strong as 70 miles per hour, according to the National Weather Service.

A tree downed on the Fayetteville square after high winds rolled through town Wednesday

Photo: Rochelle Boyce

Fayetteville police said all traffic lights have been restored, but that a utility pole remains down on Crossover Roa.d near the intersection of Par Court, and a power line was still blocking the roadway near the 300 block of East Huntsville Road as of about 3:30 p.m.

A tree also covered the roadway on Mission Boulevard near the Lafayette Street intersection shortly after 2 p.m. resulting in traffic detours, and we’ve received reports of more downed trees and power outages in downtown Fayetteville as well.

The storm ended just as quickly as it appeared.

We captured a video of the strong winds as they caused a utility pole to sway near our office at the corner of Spring Street and College Avenue. Check it out above.