More than 1,000 without power in east Charlotte due to fallen trees, Duke Energy says

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Tree damage left hundreds of east Charlotte residents and businesses without power Sunday, Duke Energy reported.

About 1,200 customers near the Commonwealth neighborhood had no power at 1 p.m., according to the Duke Energy outage map.

The outage, first reported around 4 a.m., was caused by fallen trees or limbs that damaged utility equipment, according to the company. Power appeared to have been by 6 p.m., according to the outage map.

In this screen capture from the Duke Energy outage map, more than 1,000 customers were without power in Charlotte, NC, as of 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 22, 2022.
In this screen capture from the Duke Energy outage map, more than 1,000 customers were without power in Charlotte, NC, as of 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 22, 2022.

At 6:15 p.m., nearly 900 customers were without power in an area between the Catawba River and Charlotte-Douglas International Airport, but no reason was given on the outage map.

On Saturday, more than 10,000 customers in the Charlotte area lost power as strong storms with hail and 40-mph winds passed through the region, Duke Energy’s outage map showed.

It’s unclear if Sunday’s outage was connected to Saturday’s storms, a Duke Energy spokesperson said.

More scattered storms are expected into Sunday evening as a cold front moves through the Charlotte area, according to a National Weather Service alert.

The region could see “damaging wind gusts and large hail up to the size of quarters,” according to the alert. Any storms that develop could produce “brief downpours and cloud-to-ground lightning,” the NWS said.

At 6 p.m., a line of strong thunderstorms threatened portions of Catawba, Davie, southeastern Alexander, northeastern Lincoln, Iredell and northwestern Rowan counties until 6:45 p.m. Wind gusts up to 40 mph and pea-size hail were possible, an NWS statement said.

The threat of showers and thunderstorms will increase Sunday night, with a low around 67 degrees, according to the NWS Charlotte forecast. Monday’s forecasts shows a stronger chance of showers and thunderstorms, with a high near 80.

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