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Thomas Rippy of the 1900 block of Wheat Street in Rockingham displays a strip of bark pulled from a tree in his front yard after a Thursday afternoon lightning strike in the photo at left.

“When the lightning hit, it split the tree all the way down to the bottom,” Rippy said.

Richmond County was under a hazardous weather outlook as scattered showers and isolated severe thunderstorms swept through a 26-county swath in eastern and central North Carolina, according to the National Weather Service.

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