Rainy start to Labor Day weekend

The wind and rain have already downed trees across the Charlotte area.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Bands of rain from tropical storm Hermine reached Charlotte Friday afternoon taking down a few trees and knocking out power but cause no major damage.

Drivers trying to get out of town for the Labor Day weekend had to slow down in spots because of ponding water but no major roads were flooded as of early Friday evening.

The creek by Freedom Park overflowed just enough to flood the jogging path runners use to go under East Boulevard.

A sign was posted warning joggers and walkers that the path was closed.

At the county's Storm Water Services headquarters, officials keep an eye on cameras that are trained on all the area creeks and streams that usually flood.

Any flooding would trigger alarms for first responders.

"They would come out and check it out and investigate and will close a road if they need to," said spokesperson Mark Boone.

An old tree fell in a yard along Wensley Drive. As the tree fell it took down a power line that fell right across the street.

A police car blocked traffic as Duke Energy crews worked to shut down the line and restore power.

Another power line on Barringer Drive nearly came down when a tree fell on it.  Another Duke crew was being dispatched to take down the tree before it took down the line.

Boone said Mecklenburg County has done a lot to prepare for storms like this one, but he added, "We want folks to know that as much as we do here, we can't control how much water Mother Nature sends us."

Around 5:30 Friday evening, another massive tree fell down in a yard off Sulkrik Road right off of Sharon Road, just south of SouthPark Mall. 

Copyright 2016 WCNC


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