CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The temperature in the Charlotte-area soared to 104 degrees Friday, matching the all-time highest temp ever in the Queen City.
But with the high temperatures came problems.
A tree down on some power lines in Mint Hill meant no power for thousands of Duke Energy customers during the late afternoon, when the thermometer was at its highest mark.
Raul Gonzalez and his wife lost power for two hours. They have a four-month-old son who was asleep in a carrier in a darkened living room.
The infant had been sweating and Gonzalez said his wife had taken the baby outside because it was cooler there than in the house.
"Oh, it is miserable," said Wilbur Watson, who decided to take his scooter out for a spin instead of sitting in his house in the Morris Farms neighborhood.
The Mint Hill Fire Department kept watch over a number of wheelchair-bound senior citizens who live at the Little Flower Assisted Living Facility until the power was restored.
Traffic lights at intersections were knocked out and stores and other businesses had to shut down.
Power was finally restored after about two hours.