Thunderstorms that blew through the Lake Norman area on Thursday afternoon knocked down limbs and power lines, produced hail in parts of Charlotte and lighting strikes, including one reported at a car dealership in Huntersville. A car fell on a tree on Hambright Road, and a house burned in Huntresville’
But areas to our northeast, especially Winston-Salem and Greensboro, were even harder hit.
As of 11:15pm, Duke Energy said 11,157 customers were without power in Mecklenburg County. Another 4,207 were out in Cabarrus, 4,526 in Rowan and 2,926 in Iredell County.
The City of Concord Electric Systems reported 6,816 customers without electricity as of 11:30pm, and warned the power may be out overnight.
Concord Electric said: “Crews continue their response to this afternoon’s severe thunderstorm that passed through the area. A significant amount of City of Concord electric customers remain without power at this time due to a major Duke Energy transmission line being down in a swampy area. This line provides power to the City’s substations serving the southeast and southwest portions of Concord. Until this transmission line is restored, these customers will not have power and crews will not be able to assess damage to the City’s infrastructure in this area. The outage could remain for an extended period overnight.”
Meanwhile, EnergyUnited, which serves a 19-county area including parts of Lake Norman, still had 12,000 customers without power at 9pm. Energy United serves areas north and east of downtown Davidson and south and west of downtown Cornelius. Half the outages were in Iredell County.
The figures were only slightly improved from earlier in the evening. At 6:30pm, Duke Energy was reporting 14,399 customers without power in Mecklenburg County, 12,596 in Cabarrus County, 7,248 in Rowan County and 2,194 in Iredell.
EnergyUnited reported multiple power outages, at one point totaling more than 16,000 customers.
“At the peak, we had upwards of 16,000 outages,” H. Wayne Wilkins, EnergyUnited CEO, said in a 9:30pm announcement. “While we are still assessing the damage in some areas, we have been able to restore power to several thousand of our members in the past couple of hours. Crews will work throughout the night to restore power to as many members as possible and will continue to work around the clock until all power is restored. We expect the majority of our members to have electricity by Friday evening and the remaining very small percentage should be restored by early Saturday.”
EnergyUnited said it had 40 crews – 24 from EnergyUnited, six contract crews and 10 tree service crews – working on storm restoration. Another 15 crews from neighboring electric cooperatives will be working Friday morning, the utility said.
EnergyUnited said early in the evening it was having technical trouble with its main outage reporting line. At 9:30 it asked customers to call 1-800-EUNITED to report outages,saying “this will assist the cooperative in pinpointing the outage areas.”
Officials remind residents to stay away from down or sparking power lines and report downed lines immediately.
Storm related coverage from the Huntersville Fire Department.