CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Thousands of people across western North Carolina and South Carolina were without power Tuesday morning after severe weather swept through the area Monday.
According to a spokesperson with Blue Ridge Energy, over 12,000 customers were affected by power outages in Caldwell, Watauga and Alleghany counties following the storms.
As of 1 a.m., over 3,000 Blue Ridge Energy customers were still without power. Crews say the power outages are expected to be restored by Tuesday night. "Members can be assured that Blue Ridge Energy crews are working around the clock until all members are restored with power," a company spokesperson said.
According to Duke Energy's outage map, over 17,000 people in Catawba County, 4,000 people in Alexander County and 5,000 people in Burke County were without power for some time Tuesday.
Watauga County, Burke County, Ashe County and Hickory Public Schools operated on a two-hour delay Tuesday.
The following Caldwell County schools were closed Tuesday:
- South Caldwell High School
- Dudley Shoals Elementary
- Granite Falls Elementary
- Granite Falls Middle School
- Gateway School
All other schools in Caldwell County operated on a two-hour delay.
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A Tornado Warning was issued for Rutherford, Lincoln, Alexander, Caldwell and Cleveland counties for some time Monday. Stanly, Union, Mecklenburg and Watauga counties were under a Tornado Watch until 9 p.m.
Chester, Chesterfield, Lancaster, and York counties in South Carolina are also under a Tornado Watch until 9 p.m.