A long line of storms rolled through Charlotte, NC, last night, leaving over 40,000 people without power. According to Duke Energy, over 33,000 people were without power in Mecklenburg County alone, with other outages reported in Gaston, Catawba, and Iredell Counties.
Emergency services reported that calls were at record highs, and responders urged individuals to call 911 only in the case of true emergencies.
In response to the outages, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg PD have been inundated with calls regarding trees on houses, power lines and transformers. Many officers have been out in the streets, directing traffic where intersections have lost power.
East Charlotte has been hit particularly hard, and WCNC made this map of locations where incidents have been reported, such as trees on houses, power lines and transformers, as well as homes reportedly struck by lightning.
Even during this event, false alarms have been reported; last night, there was a photo circulating on social media of what was supposedly a tornado that touched down in Boone. However, First Warn Storm Team Chief Meteorologist Brad Panovich says there have been no tornadoes, and the photo circulating is actually of a 2012 storm in Colorado.
Halo Smart Labs is based in Charlotte, NC. Severe storm warnings are one of the warning options that come with our Halo+ product, because we understand the need to stay informed and safe in the midst of all weather emergencies.
Stay safe, NC.
To report an outage to Duke Energy, call (800) Power-On. For non-emergency calls or any other questions, you can also call 311.