Irma's heavy rain, wind bring trees down, leaves hundreds withou

Irma's heavy rain, wind bring trees down, leaves hundreds without power in NC

Clebourne and Grier Streets in Fort Mill, SC (Kristi O'Connor | WBTV) Clebourne and Grier Streets in Fort Mill, SC (Kristi O'Connor | WBTV)
Sedfield neighborhood in south Charlotte. Sedfield neighborhood in south Charlotte.
(Amanda Foster | WBTV) (Amanda Foster | WBTV)

Heavy wind and rain moved into the WBTV viewing area Monday, bringing down trees and leaving many without power.

At 3 p.m., 1,337 customers in the area of Park Road and Fairview Road had been impacted. "Adverse weather," is to blame for the outages, according to Duke Energy's Outage map

By 5 p.m., power was restored to most of those south Charlotte residents, but more than 400 were without power in the Ballantyne area. Around 300 in the east and southeast Charlotte area were also without power. 

As of 5 a.m. Tuesday morning, over 9,000 Charlotte residents were without power. It is unclear what time the power is expected to be restored. 

CLICK HERE to view Duke Energy's Outage Map.

NC Public Safety said nearly 5,500 were without power around 5 p.m., mostly in western North Carolina. 

The weather also brought trees down and knocked out power in several areas outside of Charlotte.

Trees were blocking roadways in several areas of Fort Mill, and Rock Hill officials said about 3,000 people were affected by a power outage at the Charlotte Avenue substation.

The National Weather Service (NWS) said between 3 and 4 p.m. trees fell and blocked roads on the 1100 block of Whitmar Lake Road off of Hwy 226 in Cleveland County and near the intersection of SC 9 and Richburg Road in Chester County. 

At 4 p.m., a State of Emergency was declared in Caldwell County due to potential hazards caused by the weather.

Trees also fell on cars and homes in Gastonia.

A large tree came crashing on to two of Krystal Bolch's cars outside of her home on Bond Avenue.

“It’s gonna be frustrating, very frustrating. Between the cars and now trying to replace everything, it’s gonna be tough," said Bolch.

She said luckily no one was hurt by the falling tree.


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