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Storm warning in effect Friday night

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

A strong thunderstorm swept through the Charlotte region Friday evening, and the National Weather Service is warning people to beware of flooding, hail and high winds.

The storm should pass through Cabarrus County by 10:15, according to the NWS. People in the affected areas – particularly Mount Pleasant, Concord and Harrisburg – should expect wind gusts of 40 to 50 mph, “torrential” rain and small hail, according to forecasters.

And the combination of strong winds and wet soil could cause power lines and trees to fall.

As the storm moved east, a warning expired at 9:15 for Iredell, northern Mecklenburg, northwest Cabarrus and southeastern Lincoln County.

Areas east of Lincolnton were inundated by the strong storm. Communities around Lake Norman were battered by hail and a large number of lightning strikes just after 8 p.m.

Duke Energy was reporting more than 14,000 outages around 8:30 p.m. across the Carolinas, including 700 in Mecklenburg and nearly 2,000 in Cabarrus.

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