More than 35,000 homes without power in aftermath of TS Michael

Crews are working to restore power to more than 35,000 homes

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Tropical Storm Michael brought heavy rain and winds to much of North Carolina Thursday, leaving a number of downed trees and powerlines across Charlotte and the surrounding region.

As of Friday morning, more than 35,000 home were still without power as a result of the storm.

Duke Energy spokesperson Scott Andresen said close to 400 crews from across the country were being brought in to help restore power for residents of the Carolinas. The parking lot of Charlotte Motor Speedway was used as a staging area for the utility trucks.

“Once it’s over we send those damage assessors in, they assess the damage and then we can go to work and send our crews in to get power restored to our customers quickly and safely,” said Andresen.

The spokesperson urged members of the public to be patient when waiting for their power to be restored, reminding everyone that safety comes first.

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

Gaston County confirmed that around 10 trees had fallen by early afternoon Thursday, 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 have reportedly fallen in Iredell County, including several into residential homes as well as at least one that has struck a vehicle, killing one person.

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

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