A series of storms passed through the western half of North Carolina early Monday evening, including a reported “tornado cell.”
A tornado reportedly touched down in South Carolina in the afternoon, according to WXII-12’s Lanie Pope. Other possible sightings were reported along the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains moving north. Then Wilkes County residents reported seeing funnel clouds later in the afternoon.
A tornado cell is violent high velocity winds that have developed in a massive storm front usually containing severe thunderstorms. A tornado is normally preceded by heavy rains and often is not visible because of trees, landscape and that heavy rain obstructing the view.
As storms and strong winds passed through the county in the early evening, 911 calls flooded in about damage and trees down in the roadway.
Between 6-7 p.m. the tree calls included Bryant Road/Old Lowgap Road, Zephyr-Mountain Park Road, Noah Hayes Road, Zephyr/Bert Cockerham Road, Haystack Road, Judsville School Road, Logun Road, Cook School Road near U.S. 52, Creed Road, Jackson Road, Pell/Ring roads, Beacon Lane, Forrest Drive, Siloam Road and Pine Ridge Road.
Calls about storm damage included White Dirt Road, Maple Grove Church Road and Casstevens Road.
Damage to transformers, causing power outages were reported on Kingston Street and Sherwood Drive. Many other neighborhoods reported outages.
Grayson, Carroll and Alleghany counties had areas of flash flooding as 3-4 inches of rain fell in a short period of time, according to Pope.
About two-thirds of Wilkes County was without power at 6:30 p.m., according to WXII.
By that time, the worst of the storms had passed, but the cleanup and power restoration will take a long time to come.
Reach Jeff at 415-4692.