50,000 Still Powerless In Carolinas After Spring Storms

File photo of a tornado.

Updated 9:50 a.m.

More than 50,000 customers are without electricity after storms swept through North and South Carolina, with at least one person dead.

The National Weather services has confirmed tornadoes hit both Guilford and Rockingham Counties Sunday evening. The tornadoes and storms caused significant damage on Greensboro's east side and in pockets of northeast Rockingham County. There are reports of structural damage from fallen trees, power lines down, and roadways blocked with debris.

Greensboro City Manager Jim Westmoreland on Sunday said he expects clean up to continue through Tuesday.

“Suffice it to say, we're projecting that it’s going to take us a good while to make our initial assessments, tomorrow and probably into Tuesday,” Westmoreland said. “We know that we have a number of intersections and streets that are blocked off right now. traffic at different parts of East Greensboro is difficult at this point in time.”

The city's east side saw the worst damage. One man died when a tree fell on his car. No other injuries were reported.

Police said 48-year-old Anthony George of Greensboro was killed about 5:45 p.m. Sunday when a tree fell on his car.

Guilford County schools were closed Monday because of damage.

Duke Energy reported about 37,000 customers without power in North Carolina. The biggest problems were in Guilford and Mecklenburg counties.

Electric cooperatives in North Carolina had about 4,500 customers without service Monday. Burke County had about half of those outages.

Duke had about 2,300 customers without service in South Carolina. About 700 customers were without service in Lancaster County.

South Carolina Electric & Gas Co. had about 3,200 customers without service. The biggest problems were in Lexington and Richland counties.

“We know that we have many structures that have been damaged,” Westmoreland said.

Tags: