Severe weather is threatening 30 million people across the Northeast. A powerful line of storms is expected to bring heavy rain, wind, and flooding. The system already has battered the Carolinas and parts of Virginia. Intense wind flipped planes and crumpled hangars at a small airport northwest of Charlotte.
The National Weather Service says at least nine possible tornadoes were spotted across the region, reports CBS News’ DeMarco Morgan Small planes are flipped over, cars are piled on top of each other and two hangars are destroyed at what was a fully-functioning airport on Monday. The storm sent airplanes flying out of control and into each other. Strong winds damaged buildings at the Hickory Airport burying planes and cars in mangled steel.
An amateur video showed the storm’s power – bringing blinding rain and intense wind gusts. At an auto plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina, tractor trailers were tossed and the building caught fire. A cluster of trees were sliced off along I-85.
“My neighbor’s house over here, it knocked four five holes in her roof, knocked her whole deck off the back of her house,” said one Spartanburg resident.
Many folks ventured outside to discover downed trees and power lines. Further north – in Boone, North Carolina – flash flooding swamped cars.
“Waves of water washed over the hood and stalled out,” one man said.
Hickory Regional Airport is still operating, even in the midst of all the damage, but no one there was reported hurt.