Hurricane Michael Leaves It’s Mark on Iredell County

STATESVILLE, N.C. – Hurricane Michael’s powerful winds are responsible for one death in Iredell County. The fast-moving storm knocked down trees, flooded roads, and damaged power lines.

“It is a humongous tree,” said Gwen Phifer, a Mooresville resident.

The large oak tree toppled onto Phifer’s home.

“I was really shaken. It was very loud,” said Phifer, “it’s covering my whole house.”

The tree crashed onto the roof and buckled the walls of her kitchen. She and her two grandchildren are okay. Phifer was just one of the hundreds of people to call for help on Thursday.

“Every department in the county has been impacted by this from EMS to our police department to our fire department,” said Kent Greene with Iredell County Emergency Management.

Greene’s office received more than 1000 calls. Most of the calls came in between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. People needed help for downed trees and roads damaged by rising water and swollen creeks.

“With the wind and the ground as soft as it is, trees are going to fall,” said Trooper TC Meadows, with the North Carolina Highway Patrol.

On Mocksville Highway in Statesville, a tree fell on a moving car, crushing the top and killing the driver.

“As far as the initial damage to the vehicle and the injuries he sustained, there was nothing they could do,” explained Trooper Meadows.

A deadly day in Iredell County, as the dangerous storm pushed North.