Severe thunderstorms struck the Charlotte region Saturday afternoon and evening, causing thousands of power outages.
A man and his two children escaped injury when a large pine tree fell onto their parked pickup – with them inside – on Wonderwood Drive, off Randolph Road. Neighbor Linda Wyatt said she saw all three occupants standing outside the truck later.
Mecklenburg was hardest hit, with 5,200 customers without power at 6:30 p.m., including Wyatt’s neighborhood near Cotswold.
The National Weather Service in Greer, S.C., issued severe thunderstorm warnings throughout the afternoon and evening for the Charlotte area and the North Carolina mountains.
Thunderstorms with “intense lightning” hit southern Mecklenburg County and Union County at about 6 p.m., the weather service said.
NWS meteorologists warned of 40 mph gusts everywhere from Sherrills Ford and Terrell near Lake Norman to Granite Quarry and Rockwell in Rowan County and intense storms from southern Gaston County to Monroe and Lancaster County, S.C.
Mountain counties were similarly hit with severe storms.
No injuries were reported.
On Friday night, a 54-year-old woman died in a house fire in Lancaster County, S.C., that officials believe lightning started, multiple media outlets reported.