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78-year-old man killed, two injured when tree falls on vehicle in Lenoir as storms roll through Carolinas

According to the National Weather Service, the incident happened around 2 p.m. when straight line winds knocked over a tree, or trees, onto a car near the green mountain recreational park. (WBTV graphic) According to the National Weather Service, the incident happened around 2 p.m. when straight line winds knocked over a tree, or trees, onto a car near the green mountain recreational park. (WBTV graphic)
Severe Thunderstorm Warnings were issued for many counties in the WBTV viewing area Friday afternoon. Severe Thunderstorm Warnings were issued for many counties in the WBTV viewing area Friday afternoon.
LENOIR, NC (WBTV) -

A 78-year-old man was killed and two of his family members were injured after a tree fell on a vehicle in Lenoir Friday afternoon.

According to the Lenoir Police Department, the incident happened around 3 p.m. as officers and fire crews responded to the entrance of Green Mountain Park  in the 2400 block of Dimmette Road in reference to a tree striking a vehicle.

The National Weather Service said straight line winds knocked over a tree, or trees, onto the car.

Police say 78-year-old Sidney Reid Albright was killed in the incident.

According to officials, early factors of the investigation revealed that Albright was leaving Green Mountain Park in a silver Chevrolet Silverado when a tree fell and struck his vehicle during a storm that was moving through the area.  

Albright was pronounced dead at the scene by Caldwell County EMS. 

Two other family members who were inside of the truck with Albright were transported to Caldwell UNC Healthcare for treatment of minor injuries, and are expected to make a full recovery.         

Storms rolled through the Carolinas Friday afternoon as hail, strong winds, flooding and thousands of power outages impacted the WBTV-viewing area.

A Severe Thunderstorm Warning was extended for Mecklenburg County, Gaston County and Union County until 5:45 p.m.

A Flash Flood Warning was also issued for Mecklenburg County  until 8 p.m.

According to the Duke Energy outage map, there are about 13,000 power outages being reported in the Mecklenburg County area.

In South Mecklenburg, there were reports of 40-50 mph winds roaring into the area around 4:30 p.m.

Some tree damage is possible in the area and hail is also possible with the passage of these storms.

The Duke Energy outage map showed more than 4,000 people are without power in several south Charlotte communities around 5 p.m. 

There's no word on when power will be restored as crews are assessing damage.

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Another Severe Thunderstorm Warning was issued for Cleveland County, Lincoln County, Avery County, Burke County and McDowell County until 4:30 p.m.

A Severe Thunderstorm Warning was issued for Catawba County and Lincoln County until 4:15 p.m.

Severe Thunderstorm Warning was issued or York County and Chester County until 5:45 p.m.

In Fort Mill, reports of large hail core at two inches aloft over Indian Land and Fort Mill, SC, moving south 10 miles per hour.

In Rock Hill, officials reported about 2,600 customers without powers in the area around 5 p.m.

In Concord, the Concord Police Department advised citizens to avoid US Highway 29 northbound between Mall Drive and Country Club Drive  in front of the Carolina Mall. 

The roadway was flooded and impassable and officials said they will update as soon as the road opens.

There was no Severe Thunderstorm Warning in effect for the storm in Lenoir.

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