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Storms cause damage and down trees across the foothills

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A giant tree fell on this house in Taylorsville. (Photo courtesy of Steve Ohenesorge) A giant tree fell on this house in Taylorsville. (Photo courtesy of Steve Ohenesorge)

IREDELL COUNTY, NC (WBTV) - A series of storms which passed through the WBTV coverage area Sunday night left behind lots of downed trees, damaged utility lines, and property damage.

Trees were reported down across Creek Road about 3 miles north-northeast of Hickory in Catawba County. Wind gusts of up to 67 miles-per-hour were reported in Newton.

In Ashe County, about 1.5"-2" of hail fell about 1 mile northwest of Todd.

In Caldwell County, trees were reported on power lines on Helton Road about 3 miles west of Granite Falls.

Trees were reportedly down throughout Morganton in Burke County.

In Alexander County, officials say the roofs of several businesses along Highway 90 were partially blown off and power lines were also brought down during the storm.

WBTV Reporter Steve Ohnesorge found a house on 2nd Street SW in Taylorsville where a giant tree fell on top of a house.

In Iredell County, trees were down on Old Mountain Road and Antietam Road about 3-5 miles southeast of Stony Point. Trees were down across Jennings and Lentz Roads about four miles west of Turnersburg.

A tree also fell on Chipley Ford Road and Nixon Road about 4 miles northwest of Statesville.

One tree smashed the windshield of a car on Cecil Drive in Statesville.

"We were sitting there eating dinner and heard a big storm come through, and I heard a big crash," said Jamie Sloan. "I'm thinking, I hope it's not my truck, and I kept eating dinner, and the guys walked out and said...it's your truck."

Sloan says he was about to take his friend home, but when the storm got bad, they decided to eat dinner before venturing out.

Waiting to leave may have saved their lives.

"I guess the good Lord said, 'Go back inside and eat your dinner first' so that's what we did," said Sloan.

The huge branch came from the backyard and missed the home and carport, but took aim at the windshield of the truck.

The tree smashed the dashboard and pushed the steering wheel into the driver's seat.

Following Sunday evening's thunderstorms, the forecast for the first part of the week looks pretty quiet.

The best chance for showers and thunderstorms Monday afternoon will be in the mountains and foothills, north of I-40.

"A weak disturbance is forecast to drift across that area late today, but I don't see the storms or severe weather threat as being as widespread as late Sunday," said WBTV Meteorologist Al Conklin.

In fact, there won't be much of a change in our weather for the next several days.

"We'll have high heat and high humidity with scattered, mainly mountain thunderstorms," Conklin said. "The next front is forecast to cross the region Thursday, and that may bring our best chance for an outbreak of storms followed by somewhat cooler temperatures in the 80s."

Here is the forecast for the first part of the week:  

Monday: Mostly sunny, hot and humid, there's just a slight chance for a cooling thundershower this afternoon or evening, high 92°. 

Monday night: Patchy clouds and mild, low 66°.

Tuesday: Not much change, mostly sunny, continued hot and humid, there's just a slight chance for a cooling thundershower this afternoon or evening, high 93°.

Wednesday: Partly sunny and hot, it looks to be rain free for most of us, high 93°.

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