Strong storms pummel Charlotte area, down trees and power lines

Downed trees onto homes and powerlines has wreaked havoc on locals going into the weekend.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Severe storms with heavy rain and lightning moved through the Charlotte area Friday evening, leaving a path of destruction with trees falling on houses and power lines.

Nicole Fletcher's mother and son were watching transformer boxes explode when they felt their East Charlotte home shake.

"I was on my way home from work and I got a frantic phone call," said Fletcher. "My mom said it sounded like a train hit the house."

But this was no train, instead a tree that landed on their back porch roof.

 

Fletcher never thought her home would become a victim.

"These southern storms get bad but i've never been through anything like this since [hurricane] Hugo."

The line of storms that moved over Crown  Town put a dent in Friday plans.

Two hours before "24 hour booty" kicked off,  "Bootyville" was evacuated and for good reason.

 

Tents flailed around in the wind, lighting lit the sky and thundered roared over the cancer fundraising event.

On Commonwealth avenue, more people were without electricity after trees took down a power line.

Back in East Charlotte, despite having a tree on the roof, Fletcher has found reason to be thankful.

"Everything can be replaced other stuff I've had for a long time but as long as everybody safe that's the main thing."

Storms Roll Through Charlotte

Chief Meteorologist Brad Panovich says the skies will soon begin to clear once the storms push through.

At 5 p.m. the storms were moving through uptown creating a traffic bottleneck as people tried to leave uptown.

In Charlotte, crews cleared bikers from the 24 Hours of Booty charity bike ride as lightning and heavy rain approached.

 

At 5:30 p.m. strong storms were moving through central Cabarrus County with 50-60 mph winds.

The good news is starting Saturday, it’s going to feel fantastic outside and very pleasant, especially compared to the scorching heat experienced last week.

RELATED: How to report a power outage in your area

For homeowners, it’s possible there could be damage to siding, fences, or even downed trees, which all go hand-in-hand with power outages. Click here to report a power outage.

Light rain and clouds are in the forecast for Saturday morning, but by lunchtime, expect comfortable temperatures and perfect conditions to wrap up the weekend.

 

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