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Charlotte region braces for more flooding

Flood warnings are in effect for Alexander, Catawba, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln and Mecklenburg counties until 7:30 p.m. Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.

The eastern regions of Catawba, Gaston, and Lincoln, northwestern Mecklenburg, southern Alexander and southwestern Iredell are in danger of flooding.

Saturday morning, the lake and reservoir along the upper Catawba River were reported to be full, and rain will likely cause flooding, from Lookout Shoals Lake to Lake Wylie. Meteorologists and officials at Duke Energy say they expect the Mountain Island Lake to crest 2.5 feet above full level.

Low-lying areas, particularly around Lookout Shoals Lake near Carpenters Cove Road, and Lake Drive and Riverside Drive near Mountain Island Lake, are likely to have some flooding problems.

“We haven’t heard anything very bad yet, we’re just kind of on verge where it might impact low-lying areas on the lake,” said Jeffrey Taylor of the National Weather Service at about 3 p.m. Saturday.

Through Sunday, an additional 2 to 4 inches of rain is expected to fall over the area, the Weather Service said.

By 3:15 p.m., Duke Energy reported 5,486 power outages in Mecklenburg County, but an hour later, that number is down to 1,919.

About 2,200 customers in the Park Road Shopping Center area lost power about 1:40 p.m. Saturday, but that outage was unrelated to storm activity, said Justin Landon, a Duke Energy spokesman. At 4 p.m., he said 518 customers still didn’t have power in that area, but that it should all be restored by 7:30 p.m.

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