03/03/12 152 W, 2 I - + 7 - 2 Homes Damaged, Destroyed in East Charlotte This Morning

The overnight storms swept through east Charlotte about 2:30 a.m. and damaged several homes on Brookstead Drive near the Reed Creek Plantation area. Many roads were also blocked by downed trees in the nearby area of Plaza Road Extension. Three people were transported with weather-related injuries. Two shelters were opened at area schools. About 45 people had arrived at the shelters early this morning. Sources: WSCO-TV, WCNC. Still collecting information. More updates coming.

As this subsequent Charlotte Observer story notes, the damage was caused by a tornado with winds up to 135 mph. The Red Cross reports a preliminary estimate of 89 homes damaged, including eight severly, and three destroyed. See this slideshow also. Another tornado struck Cherokee County last night, with 25 homes and 15 businesses damaged, reports this WRAL story. See also this subsequent FireNews.net story, with photos from the Charlotte Fire Department.

WSCO-TV photos

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