Trail of damage left behind as remnants of Zeta rolls through WBTV viewing area

Trail of damage left behind as remnants of Zeta rolls through WBTV viewing area

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - The Carolinas got the brunt of what was left of the 27th named tropical cyclone of the historic 2020 hurricane season on Thursday.

Hurricane Zeta made landfall as a category two storm - packing 110 mph winds - along the Louisiana coast Wednesday afternoon and quickly carved a path up through Alabama and Georgia overnight.

The National Weather Service issued a Tropical Storm Warning, a rare event this far away from the coast, ahead of the storm approaching the WBTV viewing area.

Here is a snapshot of the damage left behind throughout the day:


WBTV’s Steve Ohnesorge captured a moonrise over flooding along Antioch Road in Burke County, just as the sun set.


Just after 7 p.m., WBTV’s Steve Ohnesorge tweeted out flooding on Antioch Road in Morganton

The water was way down just before lunch. and Antioch Road was still open.

Then, the water rose quickly.

It is stable now, meaning that hopefully, the water will start subsiding.

4:11 P.M. VALE, N.C.

WBTV’s Molly Grantham was sent a picture of a massive tree that fell off Hwy 27 in Vale in Lincoln County. A woman with two young children in the car tried to avoid it and told Molly if it wasn’t for this fence she would’ve gone down an embankment.


Two people were trapped inside an RV after it crashed into a downed tree in Iredell County Thursday afternoon near Statesville.

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Officials say the RV ran into downed tree in road, and that the incident involved an entrapment with injuries.

2:55 P.M. CONOVER, N.C.

The Conover YMCA has opened its doors to those who have been impacted by Thursday’s storm.

Remnants of Tropical Storm Zeta brought torrential downpours and gusty winds to the area.


The gorgeous tree canopy in the Plaza Midwood neighborhood is one of its many charms. But sometimes they’re trouble.

WBTV’s Maureen O’Boyle spoke with Michael Qubein in Plaza Midwood who is feeling lucky. During the peak of this morning’s storm, a tree fell away from his Plaza Midwood home. He’s taking down another one so he doesn’t have have to worry in the future.

1:40 P.M. FORT MILL. S.C.

Power was knocked at an early voting location in Fort Mill by the storm leaving people waiting outside unable to vote.

WBTV’s Morgan Newell reports the lead poll worker says power may be restored around 2 p.m.

1:25 P.M. GASTONIA, N.C.

WBTV’s Brandon Hamilton reports a slew of downed trees in Gastonia near Hillside Drive. Crews are working to clear the area.


Two people were trapped inside an RV after it crashed into a downed tree in Iredell County Thursday afternoon.

The incident happened on Taylor Springs Road at Wilkesboro Highway near Statesville.

Officials say the RV ran into downed tree in the road, and that the incident involved an entrapment with injuries.

Firefighters later rescued the people who were trapped inside the RV. They suffered minor injuries.

12:55 P.M. CHARLOTTE, N.C.

Traffic was moving on Eastway Drive, but crews are expected to start removing a big tree soon because the tree is blocking the sidewalk, and some power lines are down.

Behind this tree, what’s left of a home and a crushed car. The homeowner told WBTV’s Maureen O’Boyle, “Yes, it’s too bad. It was a good car.”

Tons of trees toppled by storm in Charlotte


A tree fell on a mail carrier’s truck as he was making deliveries Thursday morning in the Eastbrook Neighborhood in Statesville.

The mail carrier is OK, but the tree crushed the front end of the mail truck. Neighbors say their mail carrier, John, was leaning out of his truck when the tree fell.

“Thank goodness John, our mail carrier, is okay,” said James Hogan in a tweet. “John is a great USPS mail carrier, and he’s also a Mets fan. We are so glad he’s okay.”


A massive tree smashed into a woman’s home in Mooresville trapping a her inside. Fire crews told WBTV’s Ron Lee they had to use chainsaws to cut her out.

12:29 P.M. SHELBY, N.C.

Trees uprooted in Shelby and fell into a truck and home on Leo Drive. The home owner told WBTV’s Brandon Hamilton the truck saved her life because it stopped the tree from slamming into a room she was in.

House heavily damaged by fallen tree in Cleveland County


Cotton Ketchie sent WBTV’s Al Conklin a picture of a huge tree down in Mooresville. Reports of power outages and traffic lights out in that area.

11:42 A.M. YORK COUNTY, S.C.

WBTV’s Morgan Newell reports more than two dozen trees have already fallen across York County in South Carolina.

Storm causes downed trees, power outages in S.C.


Flood waters are the main issue in Caldwell County. Several roads have been shut off due to the high water according to WBTV’s Steve Ohnesorge. It’s going down in most places. This was a Long Meadow Ln., Drive.

Tropical storm floods communities in Caldwell, Burke counties


Kern Road in Huntersville is impassable due to a tree blocking both lanes. It took the power lines down with it according to WBTV’s Kristi O’Connor. Huntersville Police are blocking Kern Rd. at Mt. Holly-Huntersville Road so no one gets through.

11:04 A.M. SALISBURY, N.C.

Lots of trees down across Rowan County. One tree fell on 2 houses on Ellis Street in Salisbury according to WBTV’s David Whisenant. No one was hurt.

10:17 A.M. CONOVER, N.C.

The City of Conover in Catawba County has declared a State of Emergency because of Zeta.

City officials say, “We have trees down in every community of the city. Power disruptions are significant and will last for several days.” The city is requesting statewide mutual aid.

The state of emergency declaration enables Catawba County Emergency Services to implement coordinated response and recovery efforts in all affected unincorporated areas of the county in alignment with the Catawba County Emergency Operations Plan and in collaboration with emergency response partners.

10:13 A.M. YORK, S.C.

A tree collapsed and took down power lines with it on North Congress Street in York.


A tree crashed through a man’s living room in Burke County within inches of where he was sitting, according to WBTV’s Steve Ohnesorge. He was OK but his home was destroyed. This is along Enola Road in Burke county.


WBTV’s Mary King shared projected wind gusts across the WBTV viewing area around 10 a.m. Monroe is expected to see wind gusts over 60 miles per hour.


Zeta sped across the Southeast on Thursday, leaving a trail of damage and more than 2.6 million homes and businesses without power in Atlanta and beyond after pounding New Orleans with winds and water that splintered homes and were blamed for at least six deaths.

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