One dead, thousands without power, some schools closed following Michael


Pictured above: A potion of Bethlehem Road was washed away near the Statesville Regional Airport Thursday – Picture courtesy of John Ferguson


STATESVILLE (WSIC) – One person is dead, thousands are without power and a number of roads are closed after tropical storm Michael moved through the Charlotte region Thursday afternoon.

Larry Johnson lives on US 64 in east Statesville where a man was killed when a tree fell on his moving car. He described the scene to WSIC:

The storm is blamed for at least six deaths across three states.

A section of Bristol Road is missing near the Statesville Regional Airport after being washed away. Trees fell on five homes in Mooresville – there were no injuries. Iredell County received more than 1000 calls for service during the storm resulting in nearly 600 responses. Huntersville Fire responded to 42 calls for service in a period of about three hours.

Looking at numbers for both Duke Energy and Energy United, outages topped 39,000 in Mecklenburg, 8,500 in Iredell, 4,500 in Lincoln and 18,000 in Rowan Thursday night.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is closed Friday. Iredell-Statesville is on a 2-hour delay. Mooresville-Graded is on a regular schedule.