CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Crews are working to clean up debris left behind by a system of strong thunderstorms over the weekend.
From Burke County to Mecklenburg County, hundreds of people lost power or saw some type of damage from the storms Saturday and Sunday. Several tornado warnings were issued but thankfully, no deaths or injuries have been reported in the Charlotte area from the storms.
First Warn meteorologist Chris Mulcahy said the storms mainly brought heavy downpours and strong winds. There were reports of rotation with some of the storms Sunday. Those conditions led to a widespread tornado watch through much of Sunday evening and night before the storms moved out around 1 a.m. Monday.
Saturated ground led to the strong winds taking down trees across the area, including an RV in Burke County getting hit by a large tree. The owner said a huge gust of wind blew and when it did, the tree quickly fell over and smashed into the RV.
In west Charlotte, a tree fell onto a home on Milburn Court. The homeowners weren't home at the time and everyone was safe. In east Charlotte, a large branch snapped and took down power lines along Summey Avenue.
"The wind blew, and the next thing I heard, something popped," said Harry Lainis.
Neighbors said it really was a best-case scenario considering the circumstances.
"No one was hurt," said Mark Stressman. "The vehicle that was parked by wasn't damaged and you know, at the end of the day, you just clean it up and you move on."