Tornado warnings went out across the county, alerting residents to a potential tornado touchdown.
Warnings are only issued if a tornado has been sighted or weather radars indicate a tornado will occur, according to the National Weather Service.
In Chapel Hill and Carrboro, no tornadoes touched down.
Chapel Hill Police Department spokesperson Lt. Joshua Mecimore said several trees were knocked down in parts of Chapel Hill due to the strong winds, though.
Downed trees blocked roadways in four locations, including Cobb Terrace, Kenmore near Shady Lawn, Fordham near Eastowne Drive and Homestead Road past Northern Park Drive.
Carrboro Police Captain Chris Atack said the wind knocked down a telephone pole, but there were no injuries or building damage due to weather during the tornado warning.
Danielle Peoples, a communications consultant with Duke Energy, said there were about 553 outages across Orange County.
Chapel Hill Town Hall on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard lost power at 4 p.m. the night of the storm, canceling the town’s night meetings. Apartment complexes on the road also lost power around the same time.