Destructive storms sweep across Carolinas leaving massive power outages

Tens of thousands of Duke Energy customers were left without power after a strong line of storms produced strong winds, heavy showers, lightning, and hail on Monday. Multiple tornado warnings were issued.

There was a brief ground stop at the Charlotte Douglas International Airport just after 5 p.m.

By Monday night, more than 2,600 U.S. flights had been canceled and nearly 7,900 delayed, according to flight tracking service FlightAware.

Those numbers decreased drastically by Tuesday morning, with only 136 delays and 49 cancellations at Charlotte Douglas Airport as of 12 p.m., according to FlightAware.

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Downtown Mooresville was without power by the time the storm was over. Downed powerlines left hundreds in the dark.

Residents were on golf carts, helping one another cut down broken trees and remove large branches from the roadway.

“All of these trees, big oaks that been here for 40 years are completely obliterated,” said Dylan King, a Mooresville resident. “There’s a house down the road. The whole pier was taken out. The whole house. The roof flew right off of it. It’s insane. It’s crazy.

Resident Bob Bracken told Channel 9 that when he walked outside of his home he saw two trees uprooted in his front yard.

“I was in the kitchen and all of a sudden, I heard it go BOOM. It shook my house, and I said, ‘Well, I better see what’s going on,’” Bracken said.

He said he felt lucky that no one was hurt and had very little damage to his home.

“I don’t think I have any damage to the roof, but we’ll find out if and when they get these trees cut off,” Bracken said.

Jo Browder said her front and backyard got the brunt of last night’s storm. She said her trees were planted in the 50s, so she wasn’t surprised.

“A lot of expected damage with old trees like this,” Browder explained. “You can hear the crashing of the limbs as they fell down. We were just hoping they weren’t falling on the roof.”

12 p.m.: Duke Energy power outages in North Carolina: 61,597

  • Meck: 2,489
  • Cabarrus: 2,862
  • Caldwell: 498
  • Catawba: 12,463
  • Cleveland: 39
  • Iredell: 8,209
  • Lincoln: 982
  • Rowan: 9,686
  • Stanly: 1,430

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