Overnight Storms Leave Heavy Damage, Many Still Without Power
CHARLOTTE, NC - The overnight storm system that came through the area last night left an abundance of trees and powerlines down, leaving people today without power and in some cases a way to drive to work.
A section of Interstate 485 re-opened around 2:30pm, after having been closed since 3 a.m. as a result of downed power lines. High winds during last night’s storms brought down the power lines across both sides of the Outer Loop and shut down the interstate between N.C. 51 (Exit 64) and Johnston Road (Exit 61).
According to Duke Energy, at the peak of the storm at 4 a.m. today, more than 256,000 customers were without power. As of 3pm, the number of customers without power was down to around 191,000.
As many as 30 CMS schools were without power at one point. They operated on a normal schedule today, providing students and teachers with food and other needs, and as of 12:30pm, half of the schools had restored power.
Duke Energy crews continue to assess damage to the power system and are working to restore electric service to customers.