CHARLOTTE, NC (WJZY) - Many drivers found themselves having to detour around Providence Road after a car crashed into an electrical pole during Tuesday morning rush hour.
"I had to go through neighborhoods and come up Laurel and then come back down. It took about 30 minutes to get here when it normally takes about five or 10," Helen Scruggs said.
At Jeffre Scott Apothecary, the Duke Energy trucks and workers that welcomed them to work came as quite a surprise.
"It was alarming coming in here because I didn't know what to expect," Charlton Alicia, owner of Jeffre Scott, said.
Alicia was lucky the road closure and downed power lines didn't affect his business. People were still able to find a way in even though customers and employees needed a little help navigating the road blocks.
"Customers coming through had issues. They called the store saying "how do I get through?" Luckily, we are familiar with the back streets here, so we redirected them. I had an employee that she didn't know what was going on. She's new to the area as well, so I had to redirect her."
It was a whole different story for businesses further down the road. Everyone was trying to find a way around the mess and to try to get to the shops.
Many customers were met with closed doors because the stores didn't have power. There were signs on the doors telling people "they're closed" due to the power outage.
FOX 46 Charlotte spoke to one shop that stayed open even without power. They had to write down credit information on paper.