CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Strong storms moved through our area on Thursday, prompting tornado and flash flood warnings. Our expert team of meteorologists were tracking the line of severe weather that toppled trees, tore off roofs and flooded roads.
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The storms killed at least two people in our area and thousands of people remain without power Friday morning.
Areas under states of emergency:
- Union County
- Iredell County
- Catawba County
- City of Hickory
A North Carolina highway was expected to be closed during the day Friday while crews cleared debris from a rockslide that may have been triggered by heavy rain.
Removal of mud and debris from the slide began Thursday on U.S. Highway 19/74 in the Nantahala Gorge, the North Carolina Department of Transportation said in a news release.
The location of the cleanup was near Hewitts Road, which NCDOT said was a “troublesome location” that closed the highway a month ago because of a landslide.
The transportation department had set up a marked detour that was expected to add about 20 minutes to a commute.
The area experienced excessive rain and flooded streams leading to road closures, news outlets reported.
As folks around the region begin to clean up after such widespread damage, our crews will be there. Scroll below for real-time social media updates from Channel 9:
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