Four homes destroyed, several damaged, thousands out of power after Monday’s storm in Caldwell County

Storm damage cleanup underway in Caldwell County

LENOIR, NC (WBTV) - Judy Witherspoon says it was a storm she won't forget. High winds had trees leaning towards her home, rain was pounding and she could hear the popping as trees started to fall.

That's when she says she said a quick prayer.

"I said 'Please don't let nothing else happen,'" Witherspoon said.

Down the road a tree fell right on an SUV and also hit a house. Not far away a 160-year-old home was destroyed when a giant tree split it and caused sections of the house to collapse.

In all, at least nine homes were hit by falling trees with four of them being destroyed. Authorities say those numbers could change as more damage reports come in.

Most of the issues of downed trees were in the Miller Hill, North Catawba and Grace Chapel areas of the county. Those areas were also hit hard with power outages.

Falling trees brought down lines and pulled power poles with them in some cases. Nearly 3000 customers lost electricity.

Crews have worked around the clock to restore power and hope to have resident's power restored Tuesday night.

Some customers though may remain in the dark and without A/C for another day. Despite all the damage, officials say they do not have any reports of injuries.

They are urging people to use caution in the cleanup, especially when using chainsaws.

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