Severe weather hit Charlotte and surrounding areas Wednesday evening.
There were several reports of heavy rain, hail and strong winds as Severe Thunderstorm Warnings were issued in multiple counties.
Numerous instances of damage, downed trees, power outages were reported and there was one report of a boating incident on Lake Norman.
Wednesday evening, the Huntersville Fire Department said there was a call for boaters in distress on Lake Norman near Blythe Landing.
A sailing school was caught on the lake as weather moved through.
Officials said about five to six boats capsized, tossing people into the water.
About 20 people were rescued from the water and there were no reported injuries, according to crews.
*Lake Norman Update* Sailing school caught on the lake as weather moved through. Approx 5-6 boats overturned, tossing people into the water. Currently we’re removing people from the water & taking accountability. @TownofCornelius Fire & @CorneliusPD assisting us. pic.twitter.com/RubN3jUALU— Huntersville Fire (@Huntersville_FD) August 8, 2018
Severe Thunderstorm Warnings were issued for Cleveland County, Burke County, Catawba County, Caldwell County, Alexander County, Iredell county, Mecklenburg County, Cabarrus County and Rowan County at points from late Wednesday afternoon into the evening.
Severe T-storm Warning for Burke, Catawba, Caldwell and S Alexander Co - 70mph wind gusts and half dollar size hail. pic.twitter.com/qKcCbGcgrw— Leigh Brock (@LeighBrock2) August 8, 2018
Reports of 70 mph wind gusts and half-dollar size hail were included in some of the Thunderstorm Warnings.
A storm moved through multiple counties with heavy rain, lightning, hail and gusty winds. The storm was moving east at 20 mph around 6 p.m.
There were reports of hail likely from Lake Norman through Mount Mourne, down I-77. Hail was also likely close to the intersection of I-85 and I-77 in Mecklenburg County.
Here is where you will most likely run into hail. Be safe out there! pic.twitter.com/p1NWPLsUpt— Leigh Brock (@LeighBrock2) August 8, 2018
An Areal Flood Advisory was issued for Alexander County until 8:15 p.m.
Up to two inches of rain had fallen in the county since 4:30 p.m.
Areal Flood Advisory for Alexander Co until 8:15. Up to 2" of rain have fallen since 4:30. pic.twitter.com/wSilR0gxwm— Leigh Brock (@LeighBrock2) August 8, 2018
Mecklenburg County was experiencing more than 4,000 power outages around 7 p.m.
Heavy rain and gusty winds may be possible for Thursday as well.
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