FIRST ALERT: Thunderstorms cause flooding, power outages across area

FIRST ALERT: Thunderstorms cause flooding, power outages across area

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - 6 p.m. Friday

Several Severe Thunderstorm Warnings were issued for many counties in the WBTV viewing area Friday afternoon as hail, strong winds and flooding impacted several counties.

A Severe Thunderstorm Warning was extended for Mecklenburg County, Gaston County and Union County until 5:45 p.m.

A Flash Flood Warning was also issued for Mecklenburg County  until 8 p.m.

According to the Duke Energy outage map, there were about 13,000 power outages reported in the Mecklenburg County area Friday.

Roads were closed due to downed power lines and trees in the area. Providence Road was closed near Queens Road in Myers Park around 6 p.m.

In South Mecklenburg, there were reports of 40-50 mph winds roaring into the area around 4:30 p.m.

Some tree and hail damage occurred in the area with the passage of these storms.

The Duke Energy outage map showed more than 4,000 people are without power in several south Charlotte communities around 5 p.m.

There's no word on when power will be restored as crews are assessing damage.

Another Severe Thunderstorm Warning was issued for Cleveland County, Lincoln County, Avery County, Burke County and McDowell County until 4:30 p.m.

A Severe Thunderstorm Warning was issued for Catawba County and Lincoln County until 4:15 p.m.

Severe Thunderstorm Warning was issued or York County and Chester County until 5:45 p.m.

In Fort Mill, reports of large hail core at two inches aloft over Indian Land and Fort Mill, SC, moving south 10 miles per hour.

In Rock Hill, officials reported about 2,600 customers without powers in the area around 5 p.m.

In Concord, the Concord Police Department advised citizens to avoid US Highway 29 northbound between Mall Drive and Country Club Drive  in front of the Carolina Mall.

The roadway was flooded and impassable and officials said they will update as soon as the road opens.

5:30 a.m. Friday

  • First Alert Day on Friday
  • Rain and storms likely
  • Good looking weekend!

A First Alert Day has been issued for Friday afternoon and evening.

A cold front will approach the Carolinas on Friday, which will make for an unsettled day. Highs will still get close to 90 degrees but the chance for afternoon showers and thunderstorms will be the highest of the week. That's why a First Alert Day has been declared.

Afternoon and evening storms are likely across the area.

Drier air works in for the weekend and the forecast is looking great. Showers are a possibility for the first half of the day Saturday. After that, we should start to dry out. Temperatures will be nice. Highs will be in the low 80s, with lower humidity. Sunday looks even better! Highs will be in the mid 80s. There will be low humidity and low rain chances.

Next week, we will slowly get back to normal. Highs will get a few degrees warmer each day as we again approach the mid 90s by mid week.

Have a great Friday!

- Meteorologist Chris Larson

5 p.m. Thursday

A cold front will be approaching the Carolinas on Friday.

The increased possibility of thunderstorms is the reason for the First Alert Day declaration.

We have been warm and muggy for a while now. The front will be moving in from the Midwest.

Friday morning will be a pretty typical summer day. By the afternoon, storms should begin to form over the mountains first, then they will progress across the rest of the area through the afternoon and evening.

Any of the storms that do form have the possibility of becoming severe.

While overall, it doesn't appear that all of the storms will be severe, there is a decent chance that the majority of the area will see at least some rain before the day is over.

The good news is that even though Friday looks unsettled, it will all pay off over the weekend.

The front will push to our south.

There could be showers or even a t-storm left around on Saturday morning but after that, conditions will improve.

By the afternoon, highs may not make it past the mid 80s and the humidity will be lower.

Sunday looks even better! Highs will be in the mid 80s… there will be low rain chances… AND low humidity!

- Leigh Brock

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