CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Carolinas are picking up the pieces after heavy rain, tornadoes, damaging winds, and flash flooding left a path of destruction Monday.
Thousands woke up Tuesday across our viewing area with no power. Around 6 a.m., Duke Energy reported over 4,000 with no power in Alexander County, 5,000 in Burke Co., 1,780 in Caldwell County, 19,648 in Cleveland County, and 1,000 in Union County.
An apparent tornado caused widespread damage in Spartanburg County, S.C., according to WYFF. National Weather Service meteorologists will need to confirm a tornado touched down during the round of storms.
The Hickory airport suffered significant damage from an apparent tornado, as well. Cars were flipped and several small airplanes were toppled over into a huge pile of debris.
As a result of storm damage across western North Carolina, several school districts are closed or operating on a delay Tuesday. Closed school districts include Cleveland County and Alexander County. Schools in Caldwell County, Hickory, Mitchell County, and Watauga County are scheduled to operate on a two-hour delay due to storm damage and flooding.
In Caldwell County, five schools will be closed Tuesday due to extensive storm damage in the southern end of the county. Those schools are:
-Dudley Shoals Elementary
-Granite Falls Elementary
-Granite Falls Middle
-South Caldwell High School
In Blowing Rock, flash flooding was spotted in the area near Tweetsie Railroad and Appalachian Ski Mountain. Flooding was also spotted in several areas of Boone, including the Appalachian State campus and near Walmart.
Shelters have been opened across several counties to provide safe refuge for anyone whose home may have been impacted by the storms.
Tuesday will be pleasant, said Forecaster Larry Sprinkle, with highs in the upper 60s to around 70. Cold air is expected to move into the Carolinas Tuesday night, with lows in the upper 30s and low 40s. Wednesday's high will only make it into the upper 50s to around 60. More of the same is expected for Thursday.