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Torrential thunderstorm sweeps through Charlotte, drops up to four inches of rain in some areas

Published: Aug. 11, 2021 at 9:21 PM EDT
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - A strong thunderstorm dumped nearly four inches of rain to some areas in the Charlotte area Wednesday evening.

The rain left some streets flooded, trees down and flashed long streaks of lightning.

Some locations that will experienced flash flooding include:

  • Uptown Charlotte, Central Charlotte, South Charlotte, East
  • Charlotte, Southwest Charlotte, Northeast Charlotte, Northwest
  • Charlotte, Matthews, Mint Hill, Pineville, Freedom Park, Southpark
  • Mall, The Plaza, The Arboretum, Hidden Valley, Charlotte Douglas
  • Airport, Reedy Creek Park, Paw Creek and Carowinds.

This includes the following streams and drainages:

  • McAlpine Creek, Little Sugar Creek, Briar Creek, Doby Creek, Irwin Creek, and any small branches and tributaries that feed into these creeks.

Stay alert if you live in a flood-prone area as area creeks and streams may not have crested yet. For the most up-to-the-minute updates, download the WBTV Weather App.

There’s a First Alert for Sunday. A cold front will push in and bring more cloud cover and a better chance for rain. It could impact any outdoor plans you may have. Highs will be a tad cooler though. We’ll stay in the mid to upper 80s.

Tropical Storm Fred continues to move to the west and toward the Gulf of Mexico. It should remain a minimal tropical storm for now but has a better chance to strengthen when it moves back out over open waters in the Gulf. The current track takes it toward the Gulf Coast on Monday and could bring us rain on Tuesday or Wednesday.

It is too early to give too many details while the track is still uncertain. This is just a head up that we could get tropical rain next week. That wouldn’t be a bad thing as many spots have gotten pretty dry.

Meteorologist Eric Thomas

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