Parts of Lincoln and Gaston Counties saw heavy wind and rain Wednesday evening, leaving many without power Thursday by morning.
In Gaston County, 60 trees fell across roadways or on power lines, closing the following roads:
About 100 trees fell last night in Lincoln County. Several roads remain closed this morning as crews work to remove downed trees on power lines. They include:
First responders got reports of trees down throughout the Dallas and High Shoals communities as storms passed through the area.
A downed power line that fell on a tractor-trailer closed Highway 321 in both directions near High Shoals. Traffic was extensively backed up northbound and southbound. Several other roads in the area were closed due to downed power lines and trees.
“It’s the most roads that I’ve ever seen blocked,” said Lincoln County resident Ron Syrko.
Nearly 1,500 customers in Lincoln County and around 928 customers in Gaston County were without power Thursday morning. Duke Energy reports around 1,570 customers in Mecklenburg County were without power, with hundreds in the dark in Catawba and Iredell County.
Syrko told WBTV he had observed storm damage throughout the area Wednesday night.
“I’ve seen trees through houses. I’ve seen trees through trailers,” explained Syrko.
While some of the storm damage was a nuisance to residents and drivers, other incidents were more serious. A tree fell on a home along Bogus Drive in Dallas. A young woman named Sydney had to be rescued from inside of the house.
“When I heard Sydney was inside, I was worried about her being okay. The heck with the house. I was just worried about that youngin’,” said the woman’s grandfather, Danny Cloninger.
First responders said they had to trim parts of the fallen tree away from the home in order to rescue the woman. Her injuries were not life-threatening according to Deputy Chief Matt Wilkinson with the Agriculture Center Volunteer Fire Department.
“With all this rain the ground is soft and when that happens and we have winds like we did, it’s a disaster,” said Wilkinson.
Cloninger said unfortunately the damaged home is uninsured. He asked the community to keep his family in their prayers.
“When you live around the trees out in the country it’s gonna happen so I’ve dodged a bullet all the years I’ve lived out here,” said Cloninger.
American Red Cross disaster-trained volunteers are assisting 5families in Lincolnton, Iron Station, and Dallas whose homes were damaged by the severe thunderstorms that moved through the area Wednesday evening.
The Red Cross is assisting by providing financial assistance for essentials such as food, clothing, and lodging, and comfort kits containing personal hygiene items. The South Fork and Alexis Fire Departments responded to the calls.
“A severe thunderstorm can be extremely dangerous and has the potential to result in major property damage and loss of life.” said Scott Loudermelt, executive director, Red Cross Blue Ridge Piedmont Chapter. “We urge everyone to be prepared for these storms by monitoring local news agencies or a NOAA weather radio and having an emergency plan for your family.”
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