Power crews and highway workers will be busy through the day restoring electricity and clearing brush and debris following strong storms that moved through the area late yesterday.
The National Weather Service recorded reports of many trees down in Mount Gilead, Troy and around Lake Tillery. Some homes and vehicles were damaged or destroyed by falling trees, but we have not received reports of any serious injuries.
At one point, Mount Gilead Police Chief Cleve Willoughby advised citizens that many trees were down, several roads were closed, and that people should stay home, if possible.
One car was transporting kids from Mount Gilead to Troy for karate practice when a large limb fell on the hood and windshield. The vehicle was damaged beyond driving, but no one was badly hurt.
A small pickup truck was trapped beneath a large tree that fell in front of the home of Jack and Sue Jordan on E. Allenton St. in Mount Gilead. The tree snapped power, telephone and cable television lines serving the east side of town, but again, no one was hurt.
There were eyewitness stories of devastation when trees fell onto homes in some parts of the county, and unconfirmed reports about homes being shifted from their foundations in the Woodrun development on Lake Tillery.
In Stanly County, Albemarle was particularly hard hit, with many trees falling on homes and across roadways. Local residents were saying a tornado touched down briefly near the YMCA on N. First St., but there has been no confirmation.
The American Red Cross set up emergency shelters at Page St. Elementary School in Troy and Albemarle High School. The Red Cross said emergency management officials in both counties reported dozens of homes that would be unlivable due to tree damage.
Many folks in the area lost power. At the height of the system’s impact, Duke Energy Progress reported that 4,407 of its 9,870 customers in Montgomery County were without power, for a local outage of more than 44%. In neighboring Moore County, more than 48% of the company’s customers lost electricity.
As of about 4:00 a.m. today, only 100 Progress customers affected in Montgomery County had their power restored. Progress Energy says it is continuing to work on those remaining outages.
Randolph Electric Membership Corporation said 2,310 of its members in Montgomery County lost service, and none of the power had been restored as of 6:45 a.m. today. That includes an area from around Blaine down through Eldorado, Ophir, Uwharrie and along Lake Tillery almost to Pee Dee, and from just west of Troy down Hwy. 109 through Wadeville and into the northern edge of Mount Gilead.
Pee Dee Electric Membership Corporation reported 50 households without power in Montgomery County, 46 of which were in an area just east of Mount Gilead along Hwy. 731, Yank Rd. and Thickety Creek Rd.