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Thousands without power, trees down in Charlotte

(Taylor Verrico | WBTV) (Taylor Verrico | WBTV)
(Taylor Verrico | WBTV) (Taylor Verrico | WBTV)

Over 8,400 people were without power in Mecklenburg County Saturday afternoon, according to Duke Energy. Power outages were a constant concern across the state.

In the WBTV viewing area, over 6,400 people in Richmond County, 2,300 in Lenoir and 9,700+ customers in Chesterfield County, SC found themselves in the dark Saturday.

As of 5 p.m., North Carolina Emergency Management reported that over 369,000 were without power across the state of North Carolina and several counties have issued curfews for Saturday night due to hurricane conditions.

Parts of major highways across North Carolina are closed as Hurricane Matthew makes it's way north.

Those roads include:

  • I-95 at mile marker 44 just north of Tom Starling Road outside of Fayetteville.
  • I-95 at mile 116 and 119 at N.C. 42 and 95 in Wilson County
  • I-40 on the Johnston Sampson county line near mile marker 242. A detour is in place.
  • N.C. 87 just north of the town of Tar Heel in Bladen County.
  • U.S. 701 north of Clarkton in Bladen County.
  • N.C. 242 north of Elizabethtown in Bladen County.

“Hurricane Matthew is presenting major challenges across the state, with heavy impacts on road conditions across eastern and central North Carolina,” Governor McCrory said. “We are seeing lots of fallen trees, downed power lines and flooded roads. I urge people to stay off the roads until conditions improve. If you must travel, drivers should slow down, avoid roads with standing water and obey all traffic signs, including barricades.”

Some Charlotte residents found roads blocked by downed trees, like on Selwyn Avenue, others found trees through their roof.

A child was hurt when a tree fell on a home in Chiswick Ct. in south Charlotte, but a family member said she is expected to be OK. 

Downed power lines continue to be of concern in the WBTV viewing area and across the state of North Carolina. 

“Do not take chances with your safety or the safety of others,” Public Safety Secretary Frank Perry said. “Wait to clear debris, including fallen trees and branches, until the storm has passed and stay off the roads. Most storm-related deaths are caused by drowning in automobiles during flash flooding. If caught in rising water, abandon your vehicle and move to higher ground quickly.”

Two people in Bladen County died when their car became submerged in flood water. Officials said the driver escaped the vehicle but two passengers didn't.

RELATED: Two die in submerged vehicle in Bladen County

Officials encourage drivers to avoid standing water and ask that pedestrians don't walk through standing water. Chemicals and downed power line could be hiding in the water.

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