Power outages, downed trees, wind, rain and hail plague county

Jun. 13, 2013 @ 09:29 PM

A strong line of damaging wind, rain and hail, traveling north-east, swept across Union County Thursday afternoon, bringing down trees, power lines and flooding the roads with runoff from torrential rains, while an equivalent flood of calls to the county's 911 Communications Center sent emergency crews scrambling to assist and prevent further damage and injury. The first, and seemingly the hardest hit area was the north-west section, north of the U.S. 74 corridor, with multiple calls in the Stallings area reporting fallen trees blocking roadways and taking power lines down with them. The core of the storm moved swiftly to the north-east, affecting Fairview, Unionville and New Salem.

A severe storm warning issued by the National Weather Service earlier in the day for the Union County area has been lifted, though a less severe watch remains active. Doppler radar shows the damaging line of wind and rain has moved well to our east, while the path of a similar band moving across Atlanta around 9 p.m. appears to be passing a safe distance south of North Carolina / South Carolina state line.

As of 9:30 N.C. Department of Transportation crews were still busy responding to road blockages, while Union Power service crews worked to restore power to residents in the hardest hit north and north-eastern portions of the county.