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Power restored after over 1,000 customers were without power due to tree damage in east Charlotte, Duke Energy says

Power is expected to be restored to the area around 6 p.m. Sunday, Duke Energy said.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Thousands of people were without power in east Charlotte Sunday.

The outage was first reported around 4:19 a.m., indicating over 2,000 customers were impacted in Charlotte's Commonwealth neighborhood.

“It’s amazing the damage, it’s unbelievable," Charlotte resident Glenn Garmont said. 

“A lot of the neighbors woke up and thought maybe lightning had struck," Charlotte resident Olivia Lee said. 

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Duke Energy said that the outage was caused by fallen trees or limbs that damaged equipment.

Businesses in the area were impacted. Skrimp Shack was fortunate to still have power but dealt with difficulties. 

“It’s actually been a little hectic all morning, we’ve pretty much had all our systems down, so we haven’t been able to do online orders," Skrimp Shack assistant manager Trey Berry said. 

Customers impacted were worried about how long fixing the damage would take. 

“I just want to be able to work tomorrow morning, that’s my biggest concern," Garmont said. 

Power was restored to the area late Sunday evening, Duke Energy said.

You can monitor outages by visiting the Duke Energy website.

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