3 injured, emergency crews surveying damage left behind by storms

Tree down across Park Road in Albemarle on Saturday morning
Tree down across Park Road in Albemarle on Saturday morning
House fire on Lockley Drive in Charlotte on Saturday morning
House fire on Lockley Drive in Charlotte on Saturday morning

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Emergency crews are surveying damage left by a series of strong storms that hit across the Carolinas on Friday night and Saturday morning.

MEDIC officials told WBTV that at least three people have been taken to Carolinas Medical Center with injuries from last night's storms.

WBTV is checking with crews around the area to see if there are any other injuries.

Tornado watches were issued for many parts of the viewing area late Friday night and lasted into early Saturday morning.

For nearly an hour, Stanley County was placed under a Tornado Warning after Doppler Radar indicated a tornado west of Locust and southwest of Concord, moving east.

That warning was lifted just before 3:30 a.m.

Preliminary reports indicate that six homes may have been damaged in Harrisburg from that storm cell. Reports into the WBTV Newsroom also show trees and other debris in the road, just south of Harrisburg between Robinson Church Road and Interstate 485.

Stanly County emergency officials say they have a report of a tree down on Park Road in Albemarle, possibly into car.

Emergency crews in Mecklenburg County say they have received multiple calls into their Emergency Dispatch Center related to storm damage along the Mecklenburg and Cabarrus County line.

Fire Rescue personnel report difficulty maneuvering many roads due to downed trees in the area of Plaza Road Extension.  Medic and multiple first responders are assessing damage and checking for injured residents in the Brookstead Drive and Reedy Plantation area.

Emergency crews are reporting a natural gas leak along Brookstead Meadow Court, off Plaza Road extension near Reedy Creek Elementary school.

Residents in this cul de sac have been evacuated to the school, which has been set up as a staging area and shelter for the American Red Cross crews.

First responders tell WBTV that they are dealing with structure damage and power outages in that area.

Charlotte-Area Transit (CATS) busses have transported at least a dozen people from this damaged area.

The Red Cross is providing shelter, food and water at the school for those affected by the storms in this area.

A viewer called and told WBTV that at least one home was damaged on Blossom Drive off Lower Rocky River Road.

The viewer says about 3:30 a.m. Saturday morning, winds blew the roof off a house and blew a barn down, but the animals are safe.  No one is reported hurt and the viewer says lots of power lines are down.

"I woke up because of the storm coming through..but it didn't even occur to me that we would have anything this severe hit this close to home," Kris Bulla said.

The Red Cross reports 23 homes damaged or destroyed by the storm in Cabarrus County. Workers there spent the day providing food, water and clean up kits to residents in affected areas.

Early Saturday morning, a house fire broke out in Charlotte's Eastover neighborhood along the 200 block of Lockley Drive.

The Charlotte Fire Department was called to the scene and homeowners were able to get our of the home safely.

Homeowners and neighbors told WBTV that they believe the fire was started by a lightning strike, but officials have not been able to confirm that yet.

The first round of thunderstorms rolled through the WBTV viewing area on Friday morning.

A local mobile home park was hit by a lightning strike Friday morning.

The lightning strike hit a tree at 1232 Brookwood Drive in China Drive, according to emergency officials in Rowan County. The call came in around 9:45 a.m.

WBTV's David Whisenant says lightning hit the tree and sent wood flying everywhere. 

EMS crews says at least four mobile homes were damaged and wood was sent flying at least 100 yards from where the poplar tree was located.

The tree crashed through one of the homes and landed on a bed where a woman was sitting.

"I was sitting on my bed getting ready to take a shower, the next thing I know it was like a bomb had hit me," said homeowner Jessica Hamilton. "The tree was right beside my head, near my head, I was just hunkered down, I got up and just called everybody and told them to come help me."

WBTV's Kelly Franson says the system was just the first of several rounds expected as we head into the weekend.

Behind Saturday's cold front, a few showers could linger, though partial afternoon clearing is expected along with gusty winds and highs in the mid 60s.

Cooler weather is on tap for Sunday with highs in the mid to upper 50s. A few showers are possible Sunday night with rain turning to snow in the mountains.

In the lower elevations, a few snowflakes are possible overnight Sunday, but accumulations are not expected. Monday morning lows will likely be right around freezing.

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