At least five people are injured, and officials are surveying damage as a tornado struck the Charlotte area, and strong storms hit other parts of North Carolina.
A spokesman for the state Department of Public Safety says five people in Mecklenburg County suffered non-life-threatening injuries. The National Weather Service confirmed a tornado touched in the county early Saturday.
The storm struck across parts of northeast Mecklenburg and southern Cabarrus counties, knocking down trees and pulling roofs off homes. Duke Energy reports more than 1,300 without power in those two counties.
In western North Carolina, a Cherokee County spokesman says homes and businesses suffered major and minor damage, including some in the town of Murphy, from a storm that came through Friday night. No injuries or fatalities are reported.
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