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Heavy rain and wind is causing dozens of trees to fall in and around Charlotte. So many trees are falling, Duke Energy crews cannot get to them all at once.
In east Charlotte, cars dodged small barricades blocking a downed tree on Sharon Road around 6:00 a.m. Road blocks were placed in lanes but there was no police or power company supervision.
Cars ignored the barricades, driving right by a tree in the middle of Sharon Rd.
In west Charlotte off Wickham Lane, Petra Cherry woke up to a loud bang, a tree crashed through her roof and right into her kitchen.
"My heart was beating so fast," Cherry said. "My first thought was to get the dog and leave the house before I get buried in it."
The Charlotte Fire Department and Red Cross assisted Cherry. Cherry is forced to stay in a hotel room for the next couple days due to damage.
A century old tree in South End on Annlin Avenue caused massive damage and power outages as well.
According to a neighbor, the family who lives in the house impacted typically parks in the driveway. But after tree branches continued to fall, the family parked on the street.
The tree that fell would have taken out their cars in the driveway.
"It looks like something from a horror movie," Emmie Addison, the next door neighbor, said. "It sounded like a frieght train."
The City Arborist is encouraging people to call 911 if they say see downed trees. If it is not an emergency, call 311.
Gunman Christopher Harper Mercer opened fire inside a classroom, killing nine people, before committing suicide Thursday.
His family released a statement Saturday about the shooting, which also injured nine others at Umpqua Community College, according to KPTV.
“We are shocked and deeply saddened by the horrific events that unfolded,” the family wrote in a statement released to KPTV by a spokesperson. “Our thoughts, our hearts and our prayers go out to all of the families of those who died and were injured.”
The attack occurred during the first week of classes in Roseburg. The college is closed, but officials said they hope to open early next week.
The gunman's father spoke briefly with reporters Thursday night outside of his Los Angeles-area home.
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He said at the time that he is speaking to the FBI and asked for privacy for his family.
“I am just as shocked as anybody at what happened,” said Ian Mercer. “Obviously, it’s been a devastating day for me and my family.”
Click here to read additional details about the shooting, and follow this link for time-stamped updates from the first day's coverage.
A Chester man was arrested for murder Friday night.
According to the Chester County Sheriff’s Office, Marquel Bell, 30, of Chester, was arrested for the Sept. 12 murder of Judith Lindsay.
Lindsay’s body was was found in some bushes in an area roughly 200 feet from her home on Fifth Street in Chester.
Officials charged Bell with murder after the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division collected and analyzed DNA evidence.
There are 96 apartments found in and near the Fort Mill area.