Disaster relief teams from the American Red Cross is assisting the 30,000 people across the region without power.
Teams have been dispatched to Alexander, Burke, Caldwell, Cabarrus, Montgomery, Rowan and Stanly Counties.
A shelter was setup last night for families in Stanly County. It closed at noon Friday after providing 60 meals brought in by the NC Baptist Men.
Much of the WBTV viewing area was under a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for most of the afternoon until the storms arrived causing several Warnings to be issued as the system moved across the mountains and down into the Piedmont.
Charlotte Douglas International Airport was closed to arriving flights for over an hour due to cloud to ground lightning. Air traffic controllers had their hands full when the airport reopened to air traffic at 6:30 p.m.
Flights were delayed over an hour or more in some cases. The storms knocked out several traffic lights and blew debris into the roadway throughout University City around 5:15 p.m.
Wind damage was reported from the high country all the way back to the Piedmont.
WBTV viewers have sent in photos of downed trees on homes and cars as well as quarter-sized hails piling up in yards.
The system produced tornadoes in Iowa and brought damaging straight-line winds to the mid-Atlantic Thursday morning.
Winds blowing up to 60 miles per hour were reported in Boone at 3:30 p.m. and were blowing between 30 and 40 miles an hour in Charlotte at 6:30 p.m.
The system moved through the region in about four hours.
Temperatures will fall Friday behind this cold front, with highs back in the low to mid 80s, setting the stage for a gorgeous weekend.