Violent storms do damage north of Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Violent storms ripped the metal roof off at least one building, knocked down trees and blew over sheds north of Charlotte.

WCNC-TV reported that a resident of a mobile home park in the Belmont-Mount Holly area was taken to a hospital Sunday after suffering an apparent heart attack. The storms may have spawned a tornado.

The Charlotte Observer reported that much of the roof of the Parkdale Fiber Distribution Center in Belmont was blown off in the storm and ended up in trees, along with ribbons of yellow foam insulation. Trees were dropped throughout the Belmont-Mount Holly area.

Mitch Carmichael told the newspaper he was in his mobile home when he felt the structure shake and says he saw rotating clouds.

He says it "sounded like a mini-Hugo," referring to Hurricane Hugo that struck in 1989.

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