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Charlotte commute, weather is clear

By Cleve R. Wootson Jr.
cwootson@charlotteobserver.com

Traffic was flowing relatively smoothly in Charlotte Tuesday morning, a day after heavy storms made Monday’s commute a mess.

The biggest source of congestion for commuters was East W.T. Harris Boulevard near Rocky River Road, where a wreck in the roadway blocked traffic. That wreck was cleared around 7 a.m.

Down the street, at West W.T. Harris Boulevard and Greenway Village Drive, police were clearing up an investigation into a hit-and-run collision that caused property damage.

The commute Tuesday has been in stark contrast to Monday’s heavy traffic, when heavy rain fell throughout the Charlotte region, breaking at least one precipitation record, sparking flash flood warnings, and generally making the morning commute a mess.

There’s a chance of more rain Tuesday afternoon – particularly between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Tuesday will be mostly cloudy with a high near 67.

Streets in uptown Charlotte will likely be congested late this morning and this afternoon as protesters descend on the center city for the Bank of America shareholders meeting.

Around noon, at the square at Trade and Tryon streets, borrowers who lost homes to foreclosures will tell their stories. Earlier in the morning, also in uptown, protesters from as far away as India will speak against the bank’s financing of the coal industry.

Last year, 500 to 600 people attended the protests, but police say the numbers swelled because the city was the chosen site of the Democratic National Convention. Fewer protesters are expected this year.

Wootson: 704-358-5046; Twitter: @CleveWootson
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