Yesterday afternoon the majority of North and South Carolina was placed under a tornado watch as severe thunderstorms quickly formed.
Charlotte experienced some extreme winds and heavy rains, but the hardest hit areas seem to be between Hickory and Boone where tornadoes and flash flooding caused millions of dollars of damage and left thousands without power this morning.
In this video you can see trees being ripped apart in Hickory, NC by the extreme winds;
— Mike Seidel (@mikeseidel) October 24, 2017
The Hickory airport experienced some of the worst damage from the storm, with planes and cars tossed around and 2 hangers ripped apart;
— Spectrum News CLT (@SpecNewsCLT) October 23, 2017
Planes & a building at Hickory Regional Airport have been destroyed. Tornado was spotted in the area, according to National Weather Service. pic.twitter.com/kc9mNCPYcC
— Ryan Wilusz (@MNH_RyanW) October 23, 2017
The extreme weather also toppled hundreds of trees throughout the Hickory region;
While tornadoes and extreme winds were destroying many parts of Hickory, NC, heavy rains were causing flooding in the mountains.
Here’s a video of the beginning of the flash flooding on the campus of App State in Boone, NC;
— Montana Eck (@moaleck) October 23, 2017
By the time the rains stopped, many areas of the city were under water;
According to Duke Energy’s outage map, there are still over 78,000 people around the greater Charlotte region affected by power outages from last night’s storms;
Did you experience any damage or power outages from last night’s storms?