3-month-old dead after tree falls in Gaston County, serious flooding across the region


Pictured above: A flag blows in the wind atop Mooresville’s Highway 150 Lowe’s Home Improvement store Sunday morning – WSIC photo


GASTONIA (WSIC) – A three-month-old is dead after a tree fell on a residence in Gaston County Sunday afternoon.

The child’s death is the first reported in central North Carolina from Florence and is now on a list of at least seventeen who have died in North and South Carolina as a result of the storm. There are conflicting reports as to the exact number.

Serious flooding hit many areas in and around Charlotte including Anson and Union Counties. There was also flooding in Salisbury and Harrisburg.

As of about 8:00 Sunday night, Iredell County Emergency Management had no reports of major problems. Some minor street flooding had occurred. There was a vehicle accident at Statesville’s five-points intersection Sunday night, but it’s unclear at this time if it was storm related.

“We’ve really gotten the good end of this,” said Iredell County Emergency Management Coordinator Jody Smyre speaking with WSIC Sunday evening.

Duke Energy power outages as of Sunday night included just 3 in Iredell County, 15 in Lincoln, 25 in Catawba and 56 in Alexander. Mecklenburg County had more than 18,000, Rowan had more than 500. Rowan County Emergency Services was establishing a shelter at the YMCA on West Jake Alexander due to evacuations there.