Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Lunch Break (12/29/15): Thousands wake up to no power in Charlotte

Posted By on Tue, Dec 29, 2015 at 11:53 AM

Thousands of Charlotte homes lost power for hours this morning following a night of wind and rain, although the causes of the widespread outages are still unknown. According to Duke Energy, about 4,300 houses in east Charlotte on near Sardis Road N and Monroe Road experienced power outages at around 3:30 a.m. Power there was restored at about 6 a.m., but residents in Ballantyne, in which about 3,300 homes lost power, had to wait until about 8:30 a.m. for power to be restored. (WBTV Web Staff) 

A tornado touched down in Union County yesterday for a short time, causing damage to trees and buildings in the area before quickly disbanding. No tornado warning was issued in the lead-up to the twister, which touched down just before 5 p.m. in Monroe. (David Sentendrey, Fox46) 

Streets have already been closed in the lead-up to a week full of events happening Uptown, including two football games and New Year's Eve celebrations. It's unclear whether police will declare tomorrow's Belk Bowl between North Carolina State and Mississippi State or Sunday's game between the Carolina Panthers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (see below) as extraordinary events, but they are expected to declare one for Thursday night's New Year's Celebration at Romare Bearden Park, limiting the items people can have on their person and giving broader authority to police to search bags. Roads near the park and football stadium – including parts of South Mint, Stonewall and Graham streets – closed this morning and will remain so until tomorrow night at 11 p.m. (Jenna Deery, WSOC) 

The NFL has announced that the Carolina Panthers' final regular season game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers has been "flexed," meaning the kickoff time has been changed so the game will be seen by a larger audience. The Panthers will be fighting to earn a number one seed in the NFC, locking up home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. If the Panthers lose on Sunday and the Arizona Cardinals beat the Seattle Seahawks, the Cardinals will take the number one seed. The Panthers will be playing at 4:25 p.m. on Sunday for a much larger television audience than would have seen the game at it's original time, 1 p.m. (Hank Lee, WCNC) 

A Union County man was arrested for sneaking drugs into a Polkton prison where he worked as a guard, police said. Investigators caught Travis Hubbard with 18 strips of soboxone, used to treat heroin overdoses, and two ounces of marijuana. Hubbard reportedly tried to run when he was confronted by police. Hubbard was charged with two counts of attempting to provide inmates with a controlled substance and possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana and a Schedule III controlled substance. (Ames Alexander, Charlotte Observer) 

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