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Thousands Without Power in Charlotte Region Following Michael

A tree fallen on powerlines on Tom Hunter Road in Charlotte.
Cole del Charco
A tree fallen on powerlines on Tom Hunter Road in Charlotte.

Updated: 1:45 p.m.

Power outages have persisted across North Carolina and the Charlotte region after Tropical Storm Michael swept through Thursday.

There are more than 409,000 power outages in the state with the highest concentration in Guilford County, where Duke Energy reports 93,773 customers without power. In Mecklenburg County, there are still 27,956 Duke Energy customers without power.

The Billingsley Road location of the Mecklenburg County Health Departments has canceled appointments today since it’s still without power.

In Union County, there are still 2,800 outages and in Gaston County, around 2,600.

Rainfall totals in the Charlotte area over the last 24 hours were between 2 and 3 inches. North Carolina Emergency Management says river flooding continues to go down throughout the state, with most rivers expected to recede to normal levels by Saturday night.

As the storm was on its way out of South Carolina, the state had about 92,000 outages. South Carolina Electric & Gas Company says it has restored 99 percent of its 72,000 outages.  

Downed trees damaged some overhead wires on the LYNX light rail line. The Charlotte Area Transit System is using buses to shuttle riders between the New Bern and 36th street stations.

CMS  canceled classes again today. The district said last night 32 of its schools are without power.  In Union County, three elementary schools are closed, due to power outages – Walter Bickett, Fairview, and New Salem. All other Union County public schools are operating on a two-hour delay, as are Iredell Statesville Schools.