TRACKING MICHAEL: Charlotte Preparing for Possible Flash Flooding and Power Outages

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Officials in Charlotte and residents are preparing for whatever Michael may bring our way.

Just like we saw during Florence, flash-flooding and power lines are major threats as Michael moves through on Thursday.

Stormwater Services has already cleared all creeks and stream in the county.

Tree companies are also catching up on damage left behind by Florence.

“We did have some pretty decent size trees come down all over Charlotte, but it seemed that it hit South Charlotte the worst,” explains certified arborist Alexander Raab.

He says with the ground so wet, there’s the potential for more problems.

“When you get a lot of excessive rain first, now your soil is saturated, then your heavy winds, you’re going to see a lot of damage,” Raab says.

Duke Energy is also preparing for Michael.

“We’re readying our crews. We’re in communications with neighboring utilities,” explains Tim Pettit.

He says the company anticipates power outages in the Charlotte area.

Duke is sending crews from the Midwest to Florida, so all Carolina linemen will be able to respond to whatever happens here, and will be ready to go at a moments notice.

“We really don’t miss a beat there. We can have our guys and the trucks and they can be moving, literally be ready to go to work when the trees stop moving,” Pettit says.