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Mooresville cleans up after storm sparks house fires, knocks trees onto homes

A storm knocked down trees and power lines in Mooresville Friday evening. No injuries were reported.
A storm knocked down trees and power lines in Mooresville Friday evening. No injuries were reported. Town of Mooresville

Mooresville residents spent Saturday morning cleaning up after a quick but powerful storm barreled through the Iredell County town Friday evening, sparking four house fires, trees on homes and downed power poles and lines.

The 15-minute storm rolled through the Mooresville area about 4 p.m. Friday and forced multiple crews of the Mooresville Fire-Rescue to respond to four house fires all burning at once, Deputy Fire Chief Shane LaCount told WBTV, the Observer’s news partner.

The department got help from several volunteer fire departments.

The storm packed thunder, lightning, hail, rain and wind and Iredell County Emergency Management received a report of a possible funnel cloud. They reported it to the National Weather Service, the town of Mooresville said on Twitter.

Lewis Gay of Mooresville told WBTV that he was watching the storm approach on radar and then it started to rain. “I couldn’t see,” Gay said. “A little hail. All of a sudden winds got so high that the tree toppled over.

Utility crews worked all night restoring power to about 100 homes. No injuries were reported.

“It’s been a while since Mooresville has had a storm-related damage that comes to this level,” LeCount said.

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