Strong thunderstorms moved through the mountains Friday afternoon, causing downed trees and traffic headaches.
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Downed lines along Charlotte Highway, near the Blue Ridge Parkway blocked all five lanes of traffic.
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There are also reports of downed trees across the area.
Downed limbs and trees are causing outages in the mountains, from Avery Creek to Swannanoa.
At about 5 p.m. Friday, around 2,000 Duke Power customers are affected.
If you are a Duke or Progress customer and have lost power, click here for information about estimated times of repair.