Severe Weather on Tuesday Turns Deadly in the East

May 11, 2011; 4:45 PM
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Violent thunderstorms tore through the upper Ohio Valley and Carolinas on Tuesday, leaving two people dead and a trail of damage.

The deaths and damage Tuesday afternoon and night were not at the hands of devastating tornadoes. Severe thunderstorms, mainly within one cluster, were instead responsible.

The deaths occurred during a singular incident in Ellenboro, N.C. The two people were killed by a tree, which was brought down by strong thunderstorm winds.

Another person sustained injuries near Salyersville, Ky., after thunderstorm winds dropped a tree onto a vehicle.

Numerous other trees are reportedly down from far southern Ohio to central South Carolina in the wake of the fierce thunderstorms.

Widespread power outages resulted. Duke Energy reported more than 72,000 outages in the Carolinas as of 6:15 a.m., according to WSOC-TV.

Rock Hill, S.C., recorded a peak wind gust of 62 mph from one of these intense thunderstorms. The winds in Rock Hill brought two trees down onto parked cars.

The strength of the winds within another thunderstorm twisted high-tension towers 12 miles south of Rutherfordton, N.C.

Additional damage was created by the large hail that accompanied the thunderstorms.

Hail as large as softballs pounded Conway, S.C. The hail damaged vehicles and homes as it covered the ground.

Hail the size of large apples dented numerous vehicles and led to significant leaf debris three miles south of Tigerville, S.C.

Cars in Sharpsburg, Ky., also sustained hail damage, including broken windshield. Hailstones at this location were as large as baseballs.

One of the violent thunderstorms from Tuesday tore through Charlotte, N.C., at roughly 1 a.m. EDT. The thunderstorm slammed the city with penny-sized hail, but hailstones as large as eggs were sighted in the northeast suburbs.

Lightning even struck a few homes in Charlotte, starting a small fire at one house.

Farther north, downpours produced by the thunderstorms caused numerous flash flooding incidents across the upper Ohio Valley.

At least 20 people had to be evacuated in and south of Frankfort, Ohio. Flood waters submerged several cars to the northeast in South Webster, Ohio. The occupants reportedly escaped by standing on the roofs.

Residents and crews working to clear the debris left behind by Tuesday's violent thunderstorms will not be graced by dry weather today.

Instead, additional rounds of severe weather will follow into Thursday.


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