Flash Flood Watch extended through Friday for Charlotte area, heavy rain falls

Rain pounds counties in the Carolinas, causes power outages, flooding, downed trees

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Chapter one and two of this week's story of rain is in the books. Chapter three is up next with a First Alert Day in effect Thursday.

Thursday night:

Flash Flood Watches were still in effect Thursday night, as rain continued to fall in the WBTV viewing area.

In Lincoln County, there were reports of downed trees across the county from saturated soil.

There were reports of flooding on I-77 between exits 33 and 31. There was reportedly up to two feet of standing water on the roadway and exit/entrance ramps near Mooresville.

The National Weather Service reported that there was a Flash Flood Warning in effect for Iredell County with significant flooding of roadways and low-lying areas near streams likely.

There was also heavy rainfall on North Tryon Street. and 16th Street Thursday night, causing the road to close temporarily.

The Statesville Fire Department said crews responded to a dozen weather-related calls Thursday, with at least nine of the calls coming at night.

Crews responded to two possible structure fires where homes or trees near the homes were struck by lighting.

There were reports of flooded basements and downed power lines due to fallen trees or lighting strikes.

Wednesday:

Wednesday night, Duke Energy reported that at least 4,000 customers in Mecklenburg County were impacted by power outages, but did not specify what part weather conditions played in the outages.

Heavy rainfall affected flights at the Charlotte Douglas International Airport as all inbound flights were being held at their origin until Wednesday at 7:45 p.m. due to the weather, according to FlightAware.

The LYNX Blue Line also experienced delays on southbound service to I-485.

There were reports of standing water on I-77, as WBTV's Storm 3 drove the Charlotte roads during the downpour.

Heavy rainfall impacted Salisbury Wednesday night, causing problems in multiple areas.

The City of Salisbury said there were a number of weather-related incidents that occurred within an hour.

There were reports of downed trees, eroded roadways and flooding.

Wednesday's game between the Charlotte Knights and Norfolk Tides from BB&T Ballpark in uptown Charlotte was suspended due to heavy rain and wet grounds.

The suspended game will resume at 6:05 p.m. on Thursday at BB&T Ballpark.

With a steady feed of tropical moisture, rain is possible at just about any time through Thursday. While a few severe storms are possible, the bigger concern will be for heavy rain. As we go through the midweek period, if the same spots pick up heavy rain on multiple days, obviously, flooding chances start to increase.  Afternoon temperatures remain in the mid 80s through Thursday with overnight lows in the muggy 70s.

By the weekend, the threat of heavy rain decreases. The rain chance isn't zero, but it will appreciably lower.

The Flash Flood Watch went into effect Tuesday morning.

With more sunshine and lowering rain chances, high temperatures will rise to the mid to upper 80s Friday, then look to be closer to 90° over the weekend and back to the lower 90s next week.

- Meteorologist Al Conklin

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