Major Highway Shut Down

Updated: Aug. 9, 2018 at 4:09 AM EDT
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Good morning to you!  It's Thursday, 9 August 2018.  Hope your day is off to a good start!  John Carter of WBTV News This Morning reporting to you this morning.  Our team invites you to join us from 4:30 to 7:00 AM for the area's best, most accurate, factual and compelling morning newscast.

Breaking News:  A major headache for commuters this morning as a portion of a busy highway in Gaston County is shut down.  Our Caroline Hicks will be LIVE with details from highway 321.

More breaking news:  Thousands are without power in Mecklenburg County after strong storms moved through the area.  We'll tell you when crews expect power to be restored in local neighborhoods.

We'll also have the story of a situation involving a boat full of people on Lake Norman…and what happened when the weather got rough.

What kind of weather can we expect today?  Will there be more storms?  And just how hot will it get?  Meteorologist Al Conklin will have all the answers in your First Alert Weather forecast.

A terrible wreck in Burke County.  A 21-year-old father and his four-month-old child were killed.

A former Charlotte Mecklenburg police officer charged in 49 shoplifting cases is scheduled to appear in court today.

A fire that ripped through a home in Iredell County is now being investigated as suspicious, and so is another fire that damaged a house under construction in Rowan County.

Mecklenburg County health officials say it's important you be aware we are in the midst of a Hepatitis A outbreak.

Remember the story of the young boy who was robbed at gunpoint at his lemonade stand?  Police have now arrested a teenager in connection with the case.

Are you ready for some football?  The Carolina Panthers kick off their preseason today against the Buffalo Bills in Buffalo.

We'll be LIVE in the Alert Center this morning…monitoring multiple news sources to bring you BREAKING NEWS and news just in…locally and from around the world.

Plus…we'll be keeping a close eye on traffic conditions for you.

All that and more when you join us from 4:30 to 7:00 AM.  Hope to see you then!