Torrential rain, heavy winds and a potential tornado threat over the weekend resulted in multiple vehicle accidents, flooding, wind damage and at least 800 peak outages in McDowell.
According to Emergency Services Director William Kehler, Emergency Management received 37 wind damage reports on Sunday. Most of the damage occurred along a line from Marion to Dysartsville and was consistent with straight-line wind damage.
In one such report, a home was damaged on Marion Street after a tree fell and struck the residence. No injuries occurred in this incident, according to Kehler.
On Sunday, a Severe Thunderstorm Warning was placed for McDowell at 3:31 p.m., with a Tornado Warning issued concurrently after radar indicated a possible funnel cloud spotted near Rutherford County. EM received no confirmation of the funnel cloud touching down.
With strong winds and frequent downpours, numerous motor vehicle accidents occurred on I-40 with no serious injuries reported, according to Kehler.
As high winds continued, at least 800 power outages occurred across McDowell on Sunday, with at least 349 Duke Energy customers still without power by Monday morning estimates, according to utility maps.
Other weather-related incidents include:
- A sinkhole reported near the intersection of Hankins Road and Lake James Road.
- A mudslide reported along NC 226A near Big Lynn Lodge
- Flooding reported along NC 226N near US 221
- Flooding reported along Sugar Hill Road near Whitson Realty