Storm system causes damage to region

by: Ken Lemon Updated:


CHARLOTTE, N.C. -  From flooding to building collapses, the day's heavy storms left a trail of damage across the state and the Charlotte area.

Homes under construction collapsed under strong winds that blew through the Raleigh area Saturday.

That same system sparked flooding and tornado warnings and watches in parts of the Charlotte area, as well as toppled trees.

A tree fell on a home in Denson Place in northeast Charlotte.

Another home on Tillman Road was damaged by the rain and wind was declared unsafe tonight by authorities.

Trees were downed throughout the area as roots gave way to saturated soil.

Emanuel Cheek was cleaning up Ludwig Drive in northeast Charlotte.

The Ikea parking lot in northeast Charlotte was swamped after the system dumped rain there, flooding it and briefly knocking out power.

Duke Energy crews were on Tuckaseegee Road trying to restore power.

In Gaston County, water from the South Fork River flooded and caused problems in Cramerton.

The storm passed through by early Saturday night as clouds left the area but the effects could still be felt by many.

Rain threat moves out, giving way to clearer skies

The heavy rain threat from earlier Saturday has moved out of the area.

Skies began clearing late Saturday afternoon with some late-day sunshine as sundown approached.

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Most neighborhoods saw between 2-3 inches of rain and this is leading to streams and creeks continuing to run high.

A flood warning remains in effect for the South Fork River at Lowell in Gaston County through the night.

Minor flooding is anticipated along this river Saturday night.

Drier weather will continue to move in and sunny weather is still on track for the big game tomorrow.

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