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Strong winds in Charlotte cause damage, power outages

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Gusty winds knocked down tree branches and clipped power lines Sunday, leaving thousands without electricity in the Charlotte area.

Charlotte saw wind gusts of 36 mph at some points on Sunday, according to the National Weather Service.

In Mecklenburg County, more than 3,300 people were without power just before 7 p.m., according to Duke Energy.

Nearly 2,400 people lost electricity in the Cotswold area because of suspected wind damage to power lines.

Around 2 p.m., part of a tree fell onto power lines near The Plaza Road extension, knocking out power to more than 500 customers, according to Duke Energy.

Wind does not appear to be a factor in Monday’s weather. The wind speed is expected to top out at a leisurely 7 mph. Cleve R. Wooston Jr.

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