Severe thunderstorms moved through the Charlotte area Monday night, and authorities warned residents to take precautions against lightning strikes.
The warning, which extended into the early evening, affected the center city and SouthPark area and moved south toward Carowinds on the S.C. border.
In the Starmount neighborhood in south Charlotte, lightning apparently struck a tree, which fell onto a house and sparked a fire. No one was reported injured.
Duke Energy reported more than 7,000 customers without power in the Carolinas, with more than half of those in Mecklenburg.
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Charlotte Fire Department Spokesman Capt. Mark Basnight encouraged Charlotteans to “unplug electronics and move to an interior room on the lowest floor of your home or business.”