Carolinas dry out after wet and windy Saturday

Jan. 12, 2014 at 9:46 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Jan. 12 (UPI) -- Trees and power lines were toppled in the Carolinas by a series of powerful thunderstorms that left at least one person dead, officials said.

Duke Energy said thousands of its customers in North and South Carolina lost electricity Saturday during the outburst of blustery weather that gave way Sunday to mostly clear skies in the region.

The storm created wind gusts up to 85 mph at the Raleigh-Durham International Airport, the National Weather Service said, and wrecked a condominium that was under construction.

Police in Charlotte, N.C., told CNN a motorist was killed in a spin-out accident during a torrential rain.

The storm began the day in northern Georgia where two girls were briefly trapped by a tree that fell on their mobile home in Cherokee.

Elsewhere, winds were gusting in the Pacific Northwest Sunday with winter storm and avalanche advisories posted in the mountains. A red-flag fire warning was in effect in parts of Washington, Oregon and Idaho as well as to the south in New Mexico, Texas and Southern California.

Northern Minnesota was getting a blast of wintry mix and rain fell in the Seattle area.

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