Multiple reports of tornadoes in NC counties, heavy damage from Sunday storms

Parts of the Charlotte viewing area are picking up the pieces after strong storms caused heavy damage across multiple counties Sunday.

Alerts of tornado warnings started coming into the FOX 46 Charlotte newsroom just before 5 p.m. Sunday. The National Weather Service has confirmed multiple reports of tornadoes in several North Carolina counties. 

RELATED: Homes, churches suffer severe storm damage in southern Caldwell County

Video shared by a FOX 46 Charlotte viewer shows a funnel cloud forming between Lawndale and Polkville. 

Another viewer captured the funnel as it moved along Byrd Farm Road in Hickory, near Connelly Springs. If you have any photos or video of Sunday's storm or the damage they caused, send them to 

The National Weather Service will survey the damage Monday into Tuesday to determine the EF rating of each reported tornado. 

One of the hardest hit areas during Sunday's severe storms was Burke County. Several homes were damaged off Cub Creek Circle. One man had to be hospitalized after the roof of his home came crashing down. Three other homes came off their foundations.

Caldwell County also took a beating. The roof of a home near Fairwood Drive and Mount Herman Road was ripped off due to the severe weather. Officials says at least 30 homes were damaged.

Strong winds also toppled a 20-foot tall steeple at Refuge Missionary Baptist Church on Mount Herman Road in Hudson which you can see in the drone video below. Fortunately no one was hurt. 


Caldwell County Schools issued a two-hour delay Monday for students as crews worked to clean debris up on the roads.

Dash cam footage of the storm in Caldwell County Sunday courtesy of John Martin with the Caldwell County Sheriff's Office.

Visitors to the Cleveland County Fair were greeted with an eerie sight as storm clouds gathered overhead. Many FOX 46 Charlotte viewers on Facebook described it as something out of the movie, "Independence Day."

FOX 46 Charlotte is continuing to monitor power outages across the area. As of 7 a.m,. Monday, Duke Energy was reporting hundreds without power. Click here to monitor restoration efforts.

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