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Record rainfall knocks out power

Record-setting heavy rain that fell across the Charlotte region Sunday and early Monday left behind power outages and at least one downed tree.

Forecasters say the heaviest of the rain has pushed off to the east, but they add that the area will see plenty of clouds and a chance of showers every day this week. If your plans include the Quail Hollow Championship PGA tournament this week, you’re likely to be dodging raindrops.

Perhaps the biggest problem was in Cornelius, where the heavy rain apparently widened a sinkhole that already had developed earlier in April. The dirt that caved in Sunday evening ruptured underground power lines and left hundreds of customers without electricity. There also was a major power outage in Matthews, possibly related to the rain.

The rainfall Sunday at Charlotte Douglas International Airport was 2.23 inches – breaking a record for the date of 1.85 inches, set in 1958.

Shortly after 7:30 p.m. Sunday, officials in Cornelius reported a sinkhole widened on Old Canal Street, near South Main Street. That knocked out electricity to several hundred customers in the Antiquity neighborhood nearby. Crews worked through the night to make repairs. Power was restored after daybreak Monday.

In Matthews, blown transformers in the Southwoods Village neighborhood near Idlewild Road and N.C. 51 knocked out power to about 900 customers. That outage began about 3:30 p.m. and wasn’t repaired until the early morning hours of Monday.

And officials report a portion of a tree fell Sunday night on State Street, not far from Rozzelles Ferry Road in northwest Charlotte. The tree landed on the roof of a house, but no injuries were reported.

At the height of the heavy rain Sunday evening, more than 2,000 Duke Energy customers were without power in Mecklenburg County.

The rain claimed a victim on Monday’s schedule – the Cam Newton Foundation’s School Pride event scheduled for Memorial Stadium. That event was to match teams of middle school students competing in academic and athletic events. Organizers say there is no rescheduled date for the event.

A chance of showers and mostly cloudy skies are forecast on a daily basis for the rest of the week, with the highest chance of significant rainfall forecast for Saturday and Sunday.

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