Nearly 5,000 Mecklenburg County customers were still without power Monday morning after powerful storms ripped across the Carolinas on Sunday, Duke Energy reports.
Duke's outage website says it is still assessing damage that affected 4,749 customers and does not list estimated times when power will be restored. One Mecklenburg County weather observer reported a 59-knot gust of wind Sunday afternoon, and the Federal Aviation Administration tower at Charlotte's airport was briefly evacuated as a potential tornado blew through.
More than 20,000 Duke customers were without power Monday in Guilford County, where a state of emergency was declared Sunday. A motorist was killed and hundreds of homes and businesses in Greensboro were damaged as a suspected tornado raced from south to north along the city's east side, the Winston-Salem Journal reported.
Interstate 77 had to be closed in both directions for hours because of fallen power lines near Exit 30 in Davidson. The closure caused massive traffic backups on I-77 as well as on Main Street through Davidson and Cornelius before the interstate was reopened at around 8 p.m. Sunday.
Monday will be partly sunny and windy, with a high near 56 and winds of 13 to 16 mph, according to the National Weather Service. The remainder of the workweek should be sunny with highs from the upper 60s to the upper 70s.