Storms Bring Down Trees And Power Lines Throughout Iredell And Catawba County

Photos courtesy City of Statesville

STATESVILLE, NC — Thousands of people are without power after strong storms moved across the Iredell and Catawba County regions Wednesday evening.

The storms brought down multiple trees throughout the area, which resulted in home and vehicle damage as well as downed power lines and road closures.

Statesville officials reported several trees that had come down on homes, as well as several road closures resulting from downed power lines and debris.

In Catawba County, officials reported one person being trapped inside of a car after a tree fell on top of it during the storm.

Mitchell Community College’s Statesville campus says the campus will be on a delay Thursday morning due to the widespread power outages. Classes will begin at 10am.

The school issued the following statement to students and staff:

Mitchell Community College will DELAY opening STATESVILLE CAMPUS ONLY tomorrow, August 22 until 10 a.m. Mooresville Campus and North Center will open on a regular schedule. Students and faculty will resume a regular schedule at the time announced that the College will open. In the case of a two-hour delay, classes ending before 10 a.m. are canceled. Classes beginning before but ending after 10 a.m. will begin at 10 a.m. Classes beginning at 10 a.m. or later will meet as scheduled. Students, faculty and staff must assume the responsibility for deciding if conditions are too hazardous to permit safe driving. Check the local television and radio stations, Mitchell website, or Facebook for updates. Thank you.

The City of Statesville currently estimates roughly 3,500 people are without power.

Officials in both counties say crews are working to repair the damaged lines and clear the roadways of any downed trees or debris.

Officials say no injuries have been reported at this time.