Thousands lose power after storms wreak havoc on Charlotte area

The Charlotte area was rocked by severe weather Wednesday night.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Thousands of people woke up without power Thursday after severe weather ripped through the Charlotte area Wednesday night. 

The storms packed heavy rain, hail, lightning and very strong winds, downing trees across the area, even damaging several buildings.

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According to Duke Energy, over 2,700 customers were without power at 5 a.m. By 6:30, that number was down to a little over 500. In York County, outages dropped from 450 to around 375. Catawba County, which briefly underwent a tornado warning Wednesday, saw fewer than 100 outages at 6:30 Thursday morning. 

On Normandy Road in Myers Park, a massive tree was uprooted by the storm and toppled onto a home. This was just one of many trees taken down by the storms that packed quite a punch across the Carolinas.  Despite the chaos, no injuries were reported in Charlotte.

“The minute this tree came down, I had four of five neighbors on my front porch who were inside making sure we were okay,” said the home’s owner.

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