Storm Topples Trees on Homes, Knocks Out Power to Thousands

MECKLENBURG CO., NC — Wednesday’s storm brought down trees onto homes, took out power lines and caused flash flooding across the state.

At least one Charlotte family can’t stay in their home tonight.

A woman and two children escaped that home on Wild Rose Lane when a tree crashed through the front.

“I ran down here to see if anybody was hurt when I saw it happening,” said Arnold Carroll.

Carroll says his renters weren’t hurt.

The storm blew into Mecklenburg County with 48 mph winds.

In Myers Park, Karen Trigg was inside when a massive tree snapped, damaging her home and her neighbor’s.

“There was this loud snap and crackle and crash sound that I knew it had to be some type of tree,” said Trigg.

In East Charlotte, Duke Energy blocked off roads like Sandhurst and Dunlavin for more than five hours after trees tore down power lines.

At least 10,000 customers lost power.

Three Charlotte schools were in the dark: Croft Elementary, Windsor Park and Eastway Middle School.

In Huntersville, JM Alexander Middle, North Mecklenburg High and Blythe Elementary School all lost power.

“I’m sure they have a lot of fridges and all that food is going to be spoiling,” said Davor Dominovic.

Crews repaired traffic lights in North Charlotte and Huntersville.

Homeowners don’t expect to be back to normal soon.

“I think it’s going to take a lot of work to fix it,” said Carroll.

The Red Cross Disaster Team is offering assistance to the family that rented his home.