Severe Storms Clobber Carolinas; Tens of Thousands Without Power
Authorities confirmed damage Monday evening and at least 75,000 homes and businesses remained without power Tuesday morning after a round of severe storms hit the Carolinas.
There were at least four reports of possible tornadoes in South Carolina. According to the National Weather Service, three storms were reported in Spartanburg County and one was reported in Cherokee County. At least three possible tornadoes were reported in North Carolina in Burke, Caldwell and Alexander counties.
Spartanburg Regional Hospital told the Associated Press it treated eight people for minor storm-related injuries. There were no deaths associated with this round of storms, the report added.
People took to social media to post photos and videos of the widespread destruction left behind by the storms. Photos from Spartanburg, South Carolina, showed serious structural damage and flipped vehicles after a reported tornado.
Police in Spartanburg County reported one of the storms downed numerous trees and power lines, according to NWS. There were also reports of cars overturned at an intersection.
In Edneyville, North Carolina, fire and rescue officials advised residents to stay home due to flooded roadways and downed trees and power lines. Flooding was also reported in Asheville and Boone, according to the AP.
A mudslide in Henderson County forced officials to close Highway 65, according to WRAL.com, and at least two school districts announced the closure of schools on Tuesday due to the storms.
Photos posted to social media showed damage from a possible tornado at the Hickory Regional Airport in Hickory, North Carolina.