Powerful Microbursts Close Highway and Cause Widespread Damage in Gaston County

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Yesterday afternoon Gaston county residents saw some of the worst storm damage of the year as powerful microburts uprooted trees and tore down power lines.

According to Meteorologist Brad Panovich, wind speeds approached 100 mph in some thunderstorm pockets.

Yesterday he uploaded a video to his Facebook page explaining the phenomena;

The powerful storm took down numerous trees and damaged dozens of homes along its path;

The storm also took down power lines on 321 yesterday, shutting the highway down in both directions and causing hours of traffic delays;

Today will be milder with a slight chance of thunderstorms tonight and tomorrow night, with highs in the lower 90s and lows in the mid 70s.

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