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;
Clean up underway. High Shoals area got hit hard. Families saying “it had to be a tornado.” You can see here crew on the roof working to remove the tree. @wcnc pic.twitter.com/9A4UeRRM8e
— Xavier Walton (@xmanwalton) August 9, 2018
The storm also took down power lines on 321 yesterday, shutting the highway down in both directions and causing hours of traffic delays;
If you are on Highway 321 near the Gaston/Lincoln County line, I’m so sorry @WBTV_News pic.twitter.com/HqW1kEQc41
— Alex Giles WBTV (@AlexGilesNews) August 9, 2018
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.