Tornado Hits NC, Cleanup Underway

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WCNC) – Nearly 2,000 people woke up without electricity in southwest Charlotte Thursday morning after a strong line of storms producing a likely tornado wreaked havoc on the area.

By 5:40 a.m., Duke Energy reported around 150 outages as cleanup efforts resumed following the strong storms.

A security camera caught the moment the likely tornado moved through Wednesday evening. 

The camera, which was located at McClure Collision Center on South Boulevard, shows heavy rain and strong gusty winds scattering debris in the parking lot.

The strongest storms reached the Charlotte area around 6 p.m., with a tornado being confirmed just southwest of York near Sharon in South Carolina. 

Chief Meteorologist Brad Panovich feels confident that most of the damage was caused by a tornado. Should the National Weather Service confirm the tornado, it would mark the first confirmed tornado to touch down in Mecklenburg County since 2014. 

“We couldn’t see a lot because it was so dark, but the lights from the super Walmart and Lowe’s at 485 and South Tryon, from there, all the way down to Westinghouse was pitch black,” Panovich said. “We saw a semi tipped over, plus significant tree damage. It was enough to clearly tell it was tornado damage.” 

In Pineville, a tractor trailer overturned due to high winds in the 2300 block of Westinghouse Boulevard. Authorities say the driver sustained a serious head injury.

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