Carowinds Blvd. Water Main Break; Huge Explosion In Florida

A TRAFFIC ALERT for you as you start off you Tuesday, 30 July 2013, from the WBTV News morning show team!  John Carter reporting to you right now.  We'll be on air from 4:30 to 7:00 AM.

Be sure to turn on your television now!  We'll be live from Carowinds Boulevard in southwest Charlotte where a water main break has closed part of the roadway.  Cam Man Ron Lee will have details...and Tonya Rivens will have your alternate routes from the First Alert Traffic Center.

Another traffic heads up!  North Graham Street in north Charlotte is back open following a serious crash at the intersection of west 28th street.  One person was taken to the hospital with serious injuries.

We have incredible video to show you of a plant explosion in Florida.  Officials in Tavares say there've been injuries but no deaths after a series of explosions last night that rocked a gas plant...blowing the roof off.  Seven people have been taken to local hospitals.

Water levels on the South Fork Catawba River at Lowell are receding right now.  Overnight, the levels dropped below flood stage.

We have some fog in the area this morning...but today will turn out to be mostly sunny with highs in the mid 80s.  The UV index is VERY HIGH so be sure to slather on the sun screen if you plan to be outdoors for any length of time.

The Rock Hill Herald reports D-N-A results are expected this the case of a Lancaster man accused in a deadly revenge shooting.

Pfc. Bradley Manning will learn this afternoon whether he'll be convicted of aiding the enemy for sending more than 700,000 government documents to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks.

A new round of talks between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators begins today in Washington.

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory has signed into law tougher regulations on abortion clinics that supporters say will enhance safety and opponents contend will force most to close.

The height of the hurricane season is approaching, and town hall meetings on hurricane preparedness are planned for residents of South Carolina's coast. The Horry County Emergency Management Department holds the first meeting today for residents of the North Strand and the Little River areas.

Plus...Astrid Martinez will be here live with an all-new story for the morning...on a local barber who's giving back to the community...with a special project to help feed the hungry.  It's a story you don't want to miss!

All that and so much more when you join us for WBTV News This Morning...from 4:30 to 7:00 AM.  And you can also follow us throughout the morning on Facebook and Twitter!  Hope to see you soon!