Strong thunderstorms leave damage in Charlotte-area neighborhoods

First Alert: Strong thunderstorms bring torrential downpours, damaging wind to area

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - Thunderstorms brought a powerful punch to the Charlotte metro area Friday afternoon, knocking down trees and power lines and knocking out electricity.

Tornado Warnings and Severe Thunderstorm Warnings pushed through the WBTV viewing area with damaging wind, heavy downpours, quarter-size hail and frequent lightning.

Severe weather made its way through York County and Gaston County en route toward Charlotte.

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The York County Sheriff’s Office has received multiple reports of trees and power lines down on Twin Lakes Road in York County.

Tree falls in south Charlotte's Stonehaven community

There were reports that two lanes were blocked on Park Road due to downed trees and power lines.

Duke Energy also reported more than 30,000 power outages in the Charlotte metro area.

WBTV drove by and saw a house with severe damage after a tree fell on it on East Boulevard near Freedom Park in Charlotte.

WBTV has heard about storm reports in the Charlotte metro area:

  • Cleveland County, Mooresboro, NC area: Bellaire Rd. Flooded
  • Gaston County: Sparrow Springs Rd & Crowders Creek Rd. – wires down and power out
  • Gaston Co: trees down in the Ferguson Ridge Rd. & Crawford Rd. area
  • Gaston Co.: trees down in Queens Rd. & Stagecoach rd.
  • Gastonia: Tree on structure 600 block of Kilborne Dr. & Belfast Dr.
  • Gaston Co: Trees and powerlines down 300 block of Camp Rotary Rd. & Dove Meadows Dr.
  • Gaston Co: Old Lamp Ln, Williams Rd, Camp Rotary Rd, Kendrick Rd. widespread trees/wind damage
  • Damage reports from Belmont, & South Point area. Trees and powerlines. No specific area mentioned.
  • Four trees down 2110 Brandt Rd & Sassna Rd. close to Hwy. 274 in York County.
Heavy downpours in the Charlotte metro area

WBTV First Alerts:

A Tornado Warning has been issued for York, Gaston and Cleveland counties until 4 p.m.

A Severe Thunderstorm Warning has been issued for York, Gaston and Cleveland counties until 4 p.m.

A Severe Thunderstorm Warning has been issued for Chester and York counties until 4:15 p.m.

A Tornado Warning has been extended for York County until 4:30 p.m.

A Tornado Warning has been issued for Gaston and Mecklenburg counties until 4:30 p.m.

A Severe Thunderstorm Warning has been issued for Lancaster County until 4:45 p.m.

A Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been issued for Anson, Richmond and Stanly counties until 10 p.m.

A Severe Thunderstorm Warning has been issued for Cabarrus, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Mecklenburg and Union counties until 4:45 p.m.

A Tornado Warning has been issued for Chester County until 5:15 p.m.

A Severe Thunderstorm Warning has been issued for Union County until 5 p.m.

A Severe Thunderstorm Warning has been issued for Chesterfield and Lancaster counties until 5:30 p.m.


Meanwhile, high temperatures are racing towards the upper 70s, but will likely be cut short from reaching the average high temperature of 80°.

Friday Futurecast
Friday Futurecast (Source: WBTV)

Unsettled conditions will relax overnight leading to a mix of sun and clouds Saturday morning as temperatures start out in the mid 60s.

But rain and storm chances aren’t completely out of the picture, we’ll start the holiday weekend with some sunshine Saturday morning but a few isolated storms are possible during the second-half of the day as high temperatures aim towards to mid to upper 80s.

We'll maintain above-average temperatures into Sunday, however, additional cloud cover will set the stage for a few scattered showers and storms during the afternoon and early evening.

The trend continues into Memorial Day - mostly dry and warm with a few late-day isolated storms. The 80s stick around into the workweek, but the chance for storms diminishes.

- Meteorologist Jonathan Stacey

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