Power restoration, clean-up efforts ongoing following Statesville storm


Pictured above: One or more trees has taken-down power lines and knocked-out a flashing light on Carolina Avenue in Statesville not far from I-40 – WSIC Photo

STATESVILLE, N.C. (WSIC NEWS) – Roughly 2,000 City of Statesville electric customers were without power as of noon Thursday, down from about 3,000 earlier in the day.

More than 16,500 Iredell County residents were left without power following a late afternoon storm Wednesday.  The City of Statesville brought-in crews from Lexington, Kings Mountain, and Dallas to help restore power. A tree fell on a power line that crosses railroad tracks near South Elm and Jefferson Streets. According to the city, a train hit the line before it could be repaired and caused more damages.

The City of Statesville says public works employees made significant progress cleaning-up fallen trees and limbs Thursday.

Duke Energy reported nearly 4,000 outages immediately following the storm.  EnergyUnited reported more than 3,600.  The City of Statesville reported approximately 10,000.  Outages were most heavily concentrated near Statesville, Mooresville, and Troutman.

There were numerous reports of trees falling onto homes and other buildings Wednesday.  Damages ranged from minor to severe.  According to Iredell County Director of Fire Services and Emergency Management Kent Greene, some people suffered minor injuries.  At least one family was displaced by the storm and is being assisted by the Red Cross.

The following delays/closings have been reported to WSIC for Thursday, August 22, 2019:

  • CLOSED: I-SS Pressly School, N.B. Mills Elementary, and Northview School
  • OPENING AT 10 A.M: Mitchell Community College Statesville Campus
  • 2 HOUR DELAY: I-SS Agriculture & Science Early College, CCTL, Crossroads Arts & Science Early College, East Iredell Elementary, Statesville High, and Statesville Middle schools.  The I-SS ADR and Race Street offices are also on a 2-hour delay.  Staff should follow inclement weather call number five.

Traffic signals were down as a result of Wednesday’s storm. Motorists should treat intersections without a working signal as a four-way stop.

The Highway Patrol reports several weather-related accidents in Iredell. Trees impacted commutes for I-40 travelers in the areas of mile markers 154 and 146.

The images below were taken in the area of exit 151 in Statesville about one mile from downtown (courtesy of @allyst18 via Twitter):