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More thunderstorms expected today

By Joe Marusak jmarusak@charlotteobserver.com

Expect more late-day scattered showers and thunderstorms across the Charlotte region today, Friday and Saturday, with highs reaching the lower 90s.

The National Weather Service reports a 30 percent chance of precipitation through Saturday night for the Charlotte area, increasing to 60 percent on Sunday.

Scattered to numerous thunderstorms are predicted into at least early next week, with a few of the storms expected to be severe, the Weather Service in Greenville-Spartanburg reported.

Severe thunderstorms swept across the Charlotte region on Wednesday afternoon, knocking out power to more than 4,300 homes and businesses in Mecklenburg County, more than 3,600 in Catawba County and nearly 1,100 in Cabarrus County, Duke Energy reported.

The National Weather Service also reported numerous trees down in Claremont, closing Highway 70. It also reported numerous trees down in Oak Hill in Caldwell County that shut down traffic on Highway 181.

Small hail was reported Wednesday afternoon in the Stallings and Mint Hill areas east of Charlotte.

Staff writers Steve Lyttle and Dan Burley contributed.

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