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Storms batter Charlotte, thousands without power, Tornado Watch in effect

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A large oak tree is down on Heathwood Rd in Charlotte. (Courtesy: Matt Kinney) A large oak tree is down on Heathwood Rd in Charlotte. (Courtesy: Matt Kinney)
A tree falls on a car while driving down Park Rd. The driver is OK. A tree falls on a car while driving down Park Rd. The driver is OK.
CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

A strong line of thunderstorms battered Charlotte and Mecklenburg County Monday afternoon, leaving thousands in the dark and areas of flooding across the city.

A Tornado Watch remains in effect for Anson until 10 p.m. Monday night.

Much of the WBTV viewing area, with the exception of Lancaster and Chester counties, was already under a Flash Flood Watch through Monday evening.

All areas could see severe storms, with potentially damaging straight line winds.

A Severe Thunderstorm was issued for Mecklenburg, Gaston, York, and Union Counties Monday afternoon but was allowed to expire by 3:30 p.m.

The line of storms that moved through knocked out power to nearly 17,700 locations in Mecklenburg County at its peak, according to Duke Energy.

Lots of downed power lines and trees in roadway reports have come in. The Park Road area, University City and Mallard Creek Church Road are the hardest hit areas in the city.

Localized flooding is also being reported in neighborhoods across the city.

Large trees are blocking Park Road at Hillside Avenue and others have also fallen on Heathwood Road in Cotswold.

Several counties in our area experienced heavy rain Sunday afternoon.  The rain Sunday came down so quickly, many people found themselves unable to get back home. Several roads had to be blocked off.

The heavy rainfall also caused a sewage spill into McAlpine Creek on Sunday morning. A manhole in Pineville was overflowing into the creek.

Monday night, the front moves in, and then the weather is forecast to quiet down a bit through Wednesday. Temperatures will remain high.

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