High winds and heavy rain resulted in fallen trees, widespread outages and mudslides across the county this weekend.
Between Saturday and Sunday, McDowell, collectively and in portions, was placed under a Flood Watch and High Wind Watch by the National Weather Service in Greenville-Spartanburg. Wind gusts were estimated between 45 and 55 mph, especially along the higher ridges, while frequent rain from Saturday night heading into Sunday morning was said to bring minor flooding.
According to McDowell Emergency Services Director William Kehler, among reported weather-related incidents on Sunday include a tree falling and striking a structure on Catawba River Road in Old Fort, which resulted in no injuries, as well as a tree falling and striking a vehicle on I-40 near the Ashworth Road exit. One patient was transported to Mission Hospital McDowell with minor injuries in this incident.
Additionally, emergency crews and DOT were called to a mudslide on Bat Cave Road in Crooked Creek near the county line as well as a rockslide on NC 226 North. No injuries were reported in either situation.
As a result of high winds, a peak of approximately 1,500 outages was reported throughout the county on Sunday.