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Heavy wind was sending trees and power lines crashing down in Western North Carolina Friday morning.

In McDowell County, the National Weather Service reported that a tree crashed onto a house on Hudgens Way.

Officials in McDowell County also said US 221 North was blocked near Mountain Paradise Campground due to trees and power lines down.

Trees were also reported down in Yancey and Mitchell counties, Mars Hill, and numerous other areas.

As of 6:30 p.m. Duke Energy was reporting more than 14,000 power outages, including nearly 2,000 in Buncombe County.

Click here to see Duke’s Online Outage Map.

Western North Carolina and the northern Upstate is under a wind alert. In the mountains, gusts over 50 mph will be common, approaching 60 mph at times on the ridgetops, according to meteorologist Isaac Williams. In the Upstate, wind gusts over 30 mph will be frequent. Tree/power line damage remains possible.

MORE WEATHER: Sunny and WINDY today

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