RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Roads were flooded, power was lost, trees fell down and other damage was caused as storms pounded central North Carolina.
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Tens of thousands of Duke Energy customers lost power as the storms swept through Thursday afternoon. An outage map from Duke Energy showed most of the outages located from Jordan Lake to Raleigh. At one point, more than 100,000 throughout the state were without power.
Heavy rains and strong winds drenched central North Carolina through Thursday evening. The weather resulted in several central North Carolina school systems closing early.
Elsewhere in the region, a driver was killed in South Carolina by a falling tree. A state of emergency was declared in Catawba County. The Federal Aviation Administration also evacuated a tower at Charlotte Douglas International Airport due to tornado warnings.