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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A string of severe storms and heavy winds that spawned tornados across the Carolinas Tuesday night, left downed trees and blown-down Christmas displays across the Charlotte-area.
Utility crews were called out to the Stallings area off of Old Monroe Road early Wednesday morning. WBTV has learned that a tree was knocked down during the storm and blocked at least one lane of the Old Monroe Road.
WBTV has learned that work crews managed to push the tree off the road with a backhoe, which helped to reopen the roadway a short time later.
In Cabarrus County, a first-year Christmas lights display took a hit from the winds. The Carolina Christmas at Charlotte Motor Speedway had displays blown over during the strong winds.
WBTV's David Whisenant went out to the Speedway and saw roofs blown off of displays in areas like the Bethlehem Village. Several light displays were also bent during the storm.
"We did have some cosmetic damage caused by the wind, primarily some of the signage was knocked over, some of the Christmas tree displays, and really the only thing that was somewhat structural was our Bethlehem Village," said Scott Cooper of Charlotte Motor Speedway.
A weather station located on the top of the Charlotte Motor Speedway registered a 40 mile-an-hour gust shortly after midnight, which is believed to be what caused the roofs to be blown off.
Crews are racing on Wednesday to get the displays fixed by Wednesday night so that the Speedway can reopen the lights display for the public.
The National Weather Service issued a Tornado Watch for parts of North and South Carolina until 10 p.m. on Tuesday night. That has been lifted.