Sheriff’s deputies identify postal carrier killed by falling tree

A 43-year-old U.S. mail carrier died Saturday in Denver, N.C., when a large tree toppled onto her mail truck during a severe thunderstorm in Lake Norman, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said.

The 60-foot poplar tree fell onto the carrier’s truck at about 4:45 p.m. as she delivered mail on Norman Court, off Lakeshore Road North in the Westport community. She was pinned inside her truck and was pronounced dead at the scene, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Deputies identified the victim as Lisa Rudisill Wilkerson of Sherill's Ford, according to WBTV.

The tree fell from the yard of a home owned by U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-N.C. .

“Giulia and I are beyond devastated,” McHenry said. “We are praying for the victim and her family as they mourn their loss.”

McHenry said he would like to reach out and personally express his condolences.

Marking its 50th anniversary this summer, Westport is one of the oldest communities on Lake Norman.

About 11,000 Duke Energy customers were without power around 6 p.m. when the storms knocked down trees and power lines.

Cabarrus County was hardest hit, with 3,710 customers reported without power at that time.

Mecklenburg County had 3,214 customers without power, while Lincoln and Rowan counties each had about 1,400 customers experiencing outages.

Nearly 900 customers in Cleveland County lost power and about 750 in Iredell County.

(Story updated June 22 to correct type of tree.)

Observer news editor Hope Paasch contributed.