Severe weather hits Carolinas, causes power outages, downed trees

26 boaters rescued from Lake Norman after storms swept over the area

(WBTV) - 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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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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