Remnants of Lee hit Charlotte area

Remnants of Lee hit Charlotte area

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by GREG ARGOS / NewsChannel 36

WCNC.com

Posted on September 5, 2011 at 11:43 PM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 6 at 6:08 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Monday, much of the Charlotte area was hit with the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee. Thousands were in tornado watches or warnings for some of the evening.

As of Tuesday morning, Duke Energy reported that 3, 504 customers are still without power. Cabarrus County has 800 without power, York County has 592 and Mecklenburg County has 80.

"The storm came through. We had lightning and rain and everything," said Mitchell Allen, who was able to record video of a possible funnel cloud.

Allen lives on Duncan Road in Monroe and said he was closely listening to tornado warnings when he heard one broadcast for his area.

"I put my phone up and [started] video taping. [I] got about three videos of it - the funnel cloud coming down, coming up and everything," said Allen.

With the storm moving towards his friend's home, he also made sure to give him a heads up.

"When it passed over, it kind of sounded like a muffled out jet engine. [I heard] just the swirling and the churning up in the clouds," said Allen's neighbor, Josh Proffit.

Back in Charlotte, those that live in areas that normally flood - like the Little Sugar Creek area off of Park Road - said they're concerned about possible flooding.

"We have a call tree set up," explained Abel Lineberger.

Lineberger said when there is possible flooding, neighbors will notify one another to move their vehicles to higher ground.

Despite all of the tornado warnings and watches, there was not any serious damage. However, the Charlotte area is expecting similar weather Tuesday.

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