Storm topples trees, knocks out power

Jun. 12, 2014 @ 08:09 AM

The thunderstorms that blew through Caldwell County Tuesday night took down a number of trees and left hundreds of customers in northern Caldwell County without electricity.

The National Weather Service recorded average wind speeds of 30.8 mph at the Hickory Regional Airport, but parts of Caldwell County were hit with wind gusts of up to 50 mh, meteorologist Lauren Visin said.

While most of the wind damage was isolated to Burke County, the storm managed to take down at least eight trees and several power lines across Caldwell County. The N.C. Department of Transportation had two crews working Wednesday clearing trees from roads and removing limbs and branches along Calico Road and Old North Road in Lenoir, Goat Farm Road and Union Grove Road near Granite Falls, and on Falls Avenue in Granite Falls, said Kenny Heavner, DOT district engineer. Two trees were also cleared along N.C. 268 in Yadkin Valley, he said.

The Lenoir Fire Department had four reports of fallen power lines and trees between 11 p.m. Tuesday and 7 a.m. Wednesday, Chief Ken Briscoe said.

About 800 Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corp. customers in the Patterson area were temporarily without power beginning about 10:15 p.m. Tuesday, said Renee Whitener, BREMCO spokesperson. The outages were isolated to the Patterson community.