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Tens of thousands of power outages are reported after powerful storms struck western North Carolina. The National Weather Service says a likely tornado hit Spartanburg County, South Carolina, where multiple traffic accidents are reported. (Oct. 24) AP

The roof was ripped off of a storage building in Honea Path, S.C., on Monday, Oct. 23, 2017.(Photo: Ken Ruinard, Anderson (S.C.) Independent Mail)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Residents in North and South Carolina are picking up the pieces after heavy rain, tornadoes, damaging winds and flash flooding left a path of destruction Monday.

Thousands woke up Tuesday without power. At least 98,000 homes and businesses lost power, forcing some schools to close Tuesday. In western North Carolina, more than 7,000 residents were without power, according to Duke Energy. 

Duke Energy said that by early Tuesday morning, its crews were still working to restore electricity to more than 87,000 customers.

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Five schools were closed in Caldwell County, N.C., because of extensive storm damage in the southern end of the county. Caldwell County is about 75 miles northwest of Charlotte.

The National Weather Service reported that many trees and power lines were brought down across western North Carolina. Small planes were flipped over and their hangars crumpled at the Hickory Regional Airport. Drivers navigated flooded streets in Asheville and Boone, and possible tornadoes left trails of damage.

This looks like something out of a movie scene. Crazy damage at Hickory Airport ✈️ @wcncpic.twitter.com/35NZtKwFRm

Steve Wilkinson, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Greer, S.C., said there were preliminary reports of a possible tornado track from northwest of Woodruff tracking up to the west of Spartanburg. Storm officials would be able to confirm whether it was a tornado, probably on Tuesday, he said.

Cars move slowly through standing water on Civic Center Boulevard in Anderson, S.C., on Monday, Oct. 23, 2017. North and South Carolina experienced severe line of storms leaving thousands without power. (Photo: Ken Ruinard, Anderson (S.C.) Independent Mail)

About 17 people had to be rescued Monday from a flooded campground in Pickens County, S.C., on the Eastatoee River.

The small campsite is on the banks of the river and with about 5 inches of rain all day, the river rose above its banks, said Pierce Womack III, the deputy director of Emergency Management in Pickens County. Campers were monitoring the rising waters but the water rose too fast for them to get their seven recreational vehicles out, he said.

All agencies involved with the swiftwater rescue today in Eastatoee RV Park did a great job! 17 rescued, no injuries #training#teamworkpic.twitter.com/fBaVSFiQWU

Wilkinson, of the National Weather Service, said the speed of the rain was the biggest problem. 

In most parts of upstate South Carolina, there was 2 to 4 inches of rain in a short amount of time with some areas getting an isolated 5 inches or more.

“The key was the speed,” Wilkinson said.

Contributing: Mike Ellis, Anderson (S.C.) Independent Mail; Dillon Davis, Asheville (N.C.) Citizen-Times; The Associated Press. Follow Sarah Fortner on Twitter: @SarahFortnerWx