Michael leaves path of destruction, one dead after moving through Carolinas

Trees fall, flooding reported as Michael moves through Carolinas

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - The rain and winds from Tropical Storm Michael ended Thursday, but power outages and downed trees remain across the area.

One person was killed when a tree fell on a car in Statesville Thursday as the Carolinas were hit with heavy downpours and gusty winds. The incident occurred around 1 p.m. near the intersection of Mocksville Highway and Songbird Lane. The roadway was closed while crews worked at the scene.

It is unclear if any other injuries were reported. The victim’s name has not been released.

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Nearly 100 people were rescued and even more were evacuated due to flash flooding in North Carolina, Gov. Roy Cooper said in a Friday press conference.

Troopers responded to more than 1,000 crashes and 2,000 calls for service across the state.

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Hundreds of roads remain closed, not including the 73 roads still closed from Florence. “358 closed now due to hurricane Michael,” NC Department of Transportation Secretary Jim Trogdon said.

The Department of Defense is preparing ground transportation/high-water capable vehicles, rotary wing aircraft, swift water boats and rescue personnel in support of flooding in the affected areas, FEMA says.

Virginia authorities say four people drowned and a firefighter was killed, raising the total Michael-related death toll to 11, the Associated Press reports.

The storm reached the WBTV viewing area around 5 a.m. Thursday and approached the NC/ VA border in far eastern NC around 8 p.m.

Friday, the Charlotte area woke up to clear skies and cooler temperatures. The aftermath of Micheal is now being evaluated.

Dozens of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools lost power, leading CMS to cancel class again Friday.

“Duke Energy and CMS crews are working hard to restore power but crews and experts do not expect power to be restored tonight at the 32 affected schools," CMS said.

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Multiple schools in the WBTV viewing area, including CMS, canceled class Thursday due to Michael’s expected impacts.

Other area schools operated on a delay Friday. Click here for the full list.

A tree has fell across S Kings Drive in Charlotte, and several others fell on Sharon Road, Eastway Drive, Oakdale Road and more.

Around 10 trees fell in Gaston County by early afternoon, including one at Cox Road and Court Drive.

The Union County Sheriff’s Office reported that there were two fallen trees and a downed power line across Potter’s Road at Meadowmere near Wesley Chapel.

Numerous trees fell in Iredell County, including several into homes and the tree that killed the person in Statesville.

Highway 181, north of Morganton, was shut down due to a large fallen tree and Faith Road was blocked past Heilig Road and Crane Creek Bridge in Rowan County.

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According to emergency officials from MEDIC, they responded to 67 traffic accidents with reports of injuries initially and 73 calls related to downed trees and power lines in Mecklenburg County. MEDIC says these numbers are significantly higher than Florence.

Flooding forced road closures in areas as well, including North Tryon Street near E. 16th Street.

Eastway Drive was blocked due to electrical concerns. Officers feared this was only be the beginning of downed trees and electrical issues in the area.

Rainfall seemed to stop in some areas as Michael moved through the area but increased water levels remained an issue, especially in already flood-prone areas.

Crews in Rock Hill are also keeping an eye on creeks in the area.

Winds also picked up Thursday, peaking from midday into the afternoon.

NC Governor Roy Cooper held a press conference at 10:30 a.m. to update the public on Michael and the State’s response.

Cooper said NC had “thousands of power outages and is constantly fluctuating.” He said utility crews are working to restore power when it’s safe, and that around 45 school systems were closed because of the storm.

The governor urged residents to be vigilant and to heed any warnings for their area.

“Michael is still a threat and should be taken seriously, especially with threat of storm surge, high winds, flooding and tornadoes,” Cooper said. “If you are asked to evacuate, don’t question it, go.”

Michael was a quick-hitter, as initially thought.

Michael made landfall along the Florida panhandle/Big Bend area just after 1 p.m. Wednesday as a dangerous Category 4 hurricane.

Michael’s effects were being seen across the southern U.S. At least two people died Wednesday when Hurricane Michael smashed into the Florida panhandle and carved into Georgia.

Officials say an 11-year-old girl in Seminole County, GA, died after a mobile carport was picked up by the wind, crashed through the roof and hit her head, WALB reports.

A man also reportedly died after a tree fell on a home near Greensboro, FL.

Maximum sustained winds were near 150 miles an hour as the monstrous storm made landfall. Around 5 p.m., Michael was downgraded to a Category 3 storm. It was later downgraded again to a Category 1 storm around 8 p.m.

Michael makes landfall in Florida

A Tornado Watch was issued through 7 a.m. for most of South Carolina including York, Chester, Lancaster and Chesterfield counties.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency for the state ahead of the storm. Cooper discussed preparations Wednesday morning, saying 150 National Guard troops will report for duty.

“This storm is coming and we will be ready for it," Cooper said ahead of Michael’s arrival.

It was the strongest storm in a century to land on the Florida panhandle.

“This is a deadly situation - there’s just no other real way to put it,” National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham said regarding the life-threatening storm surge Michael was expected to produce.

The South Carolina Department of Transportation announced Wednesday they were closing all moveable bridges to marine traffic beginning Wednesday at 4 p.m.

“If you’ve stayed behind or didn’t prepare for this event you’re not only putting your own life in danger, but you may be putting other lives in danger," FEMA Administrator Brock Long said.“This is not only going to be a massive hit to the Florida panhandle and the coast, but is going to maintain hurricane force winds through the state of Georgia, as well as dump additional rainfall though the Carolinas.”

By the weekend we may finally get a Fall feel to the air. Cool dry high pressure builds in, in the wake of Michael. This will bring sunny skies and temperatures in the low seventies for both Saturday and Sunday. One positive for everyone in the path of Michael is the storm will keep moving.

Florence came on shore and just sat over eastern North Carolina and so the rainfall was historic. This one will come in and move out within a number of hours. That means the intense flooding shouldn’t be as much of an issue this time.

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