RALEIGH, N.C. -- A utility company is reporting more than 165.000 customers without power in North Carolina as a storm moves west to east through the state.
Duke Energy said on its website that most of the outages are in Forsyth County, where more than 40,000 customers are without power and in Guilford County, where power was out to almost 28,000 customers.
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The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning for many North Carolina counties Thursday evening.
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The storm hit hard in Cabarrus County, where winds of up to 60-70 mph took down trees, limbs and power lines. A massive tree was uprooted on Concord Parkway in Concord and landed on an apartment complex.
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“It scared me to death,” resident Shirley Carr said.
Carr lit a candle after her power went out. She says it was less than five minutes later when heard a crack and saw the tree crash into her house. Carr made it out of the back door safely. No one was injured. The county’s emergency management team says it was just one of several calls regarding fallen trees and power outages.
The story was the same in Statesville, where firefighters across Iredell County were interrupted on their way to a service call by a new roadblock. Trees happened to fall just near the mayor’s mother’s house across the road, preventing fire crews from getting through. One lieutenant told NBC Charlotte the damage was the worst it’s been in Statesville in years. There weren’t any injuries reported their either.
Flights were delayed in and out of Charlotte Douglas International Airport. The wait for incoming flights topped out at around 45 minutes Thursday afternoon and an hour-and-a-half for outgoing flights.
The massive storm system started in the Upper Midwest and plowed across the country, hitting Mid-Atlantic and Southern states on Thursday. It caused widespread power outages and flash flooding, but so far hasn't lived up to its billing.