Sunday, August 31 2014 3:28 PM EDT2014-08-31 19:28:29 GMT
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Heat and humidity helped fuel widespread thunderstorms in the WBTV area Wednesday afternoon and evening.
A Severe Thunderstorm Watch was issued just before 3 p.m. and numerous warnings were issued as storms rolled through the area from northeast to southwest, steered by a clockwise flow around a huge area of high pressure centered over the upper Midwest.
Strong winds knocked down trees in parts of Rutherford, Iredell, Catawba, Mecklenburg, Burke and Gaston Counties. Quarter-size hail was reported in Anson, Iredell & Burke Counties.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation closed Mount Holly-Huntersville Road in both directions between Harris Boulevard and Northlake Center Parkway due to washout under the road.
Officials said the washout left a significant void under the pavement.
Power outages were also reported across the area throughout the storms. York Technical College in Rock Hill closed at 6:15 p.m. and canceled all evening classes due to a power outage.
The strongest storms moved out of the WBTV area by the evening hours, but isolated redevelopment is possible tonight.
Thursday will also be hot and humid, but we won't have the upper-level energy in the area that we did on Wednesday. Storms are possible, but not expected to be widespread.