A powerful storm system swept through Charlotte Wednesday, drenching the region with nearly 2 inches of rain in some areas.
A wind advisory was in effect until 6 p.m. with gusts expected up to 40 mph for nearly three dozen counties in portions of the Carolinas and northeast Georgia, including the immediate Charlotte region.
For more than an hour, the National Weather Service warned of the potential of a brief tornado to form along the storm line that stretched at times along the Interstate 77 corridor.
Some flooding also was reported, including in Iredell County where one lane and an exit ramp of westbound Interstate 40 was temporarily closed because of high water.
At Charlotte Douglas International Airport, about 1.7 inches fell between midnight and Wednesday afternoon.
The severe weather followed Christmas Day storms that brought blizzards to the Midwest and spawned tornadoes in the Deep South.
At noon Wednesday, the website for Charlotte Douglas International Airport showed about three dozen flights that had been canceled or delayed.
More peaceful conditions with temperatures near or slightly below averages are predicted for Thursday and Friday.
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