Forecasters are promising a quieter day across the Charlotte region, where cleanup will be under way in the wake of strong thunderstorms that caused wind damage and flooding Wednesday evening.
The storms were especially powerful in the SouthPark area of Charlotte and near Midland in Cabarrus County. But there also were damage reports in Chester, Cleveland and Gaston counties.
A few showers and storms are possible Thursday afternoon, but the weak cold front responsible for Wednesday’s severe weather moved to the eastern part of the Carolinas overnight. Temperatures, which reached the lower 90s Wednesday, will be held to the mid and upper 80s Thursday.
Several shoppers reported that “wet floor” signs were posted after the storm inside SouthPark Mall. That is where a strong thunderstorm caused severe flooding a little more than a year ago – last July 20. No such problems took place this time, however, as the mall remained open with normal operations.
The National Weather Service said its radar indicated about 2 inches of rain fell in a one-hour period Wednesday evening in the SouthPark area. The city’s heaviest rainfall, according to automated gauges, was a 2.69-inch downpour at Berryhill K-8 School in west Charlotte.
Emergency responders reported scattered damage in Charlotte.
There were reports of a tree landing on a home on Scofield Road, between Park Road and Barclay Downs Drive. Several trees were downed by strong winds in the same area.
There also were reports of downed trees near Fairview and Colony roads, and Barclay Downs Road was flooded for a time.
Another area with several downed trees was near South Tryon Street and Westinghouse Boulevard in southwest Charlotte.
Duke Energy reported several thousand power outages at the height of the storm Wednesday evening, but most customers’ power was restored during the night.
In Cabarrus County, tree damage from strong winds was reported on Troutman and Pioneer Mill roads near Midland. In Gaston County, a tree took down power lines in Lowell. And the canopy at a gas station was blown onto a delivery truck on the southeast side of Shelby. Several reports of downed trees and blocked roads came from the Chester, S.C., area.
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