Severe Storms

Severe thunderstorms rumbled across Western North Carolina last night, leaving behind isolated damage and power outages, including a tree that blocked the main road in West Asheville. The storm knocked over a large tree along the north side of Haywood Road, which reached to the south side of the street and completely blocked the road between Swannanoa and Michigan avenues at about 8:30 p.m. Sunday. Crews cleared the tree overnight. The storms left some power outages in Western North Carolina. As of 6 a.m. Monday, about 2,000 Duke Energy customers were without power, according to the company’s website. Hardest hit was Buncombe County, with 780 outages. Tornado watches for all Western N.C. counties expired overnight. The National Weather Service issued a Tornado Warning for Avery County yesterday evening. The Weather Service reported a 70 mph wind gust in Asheville.

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