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Mecklenburg County under flood warning

By Elisabeth Arriero
earriero@charlotteobserver.com

The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for Mecklenburg County until 2:30 p.m. Monday. Doppler radar indicated that more rain was moving into the area where two inches have already fallen recently.

Mallard Creek at Harrisburg Road was approaching flood stage. Meanwhile, the Verizon Wireless Amphiteater parking lot and Pavilion Boulevard may also flood later today, said the service.

And McMullen Creek at Lincrest Place was also nearing flood stage, as was Addison Drive and Lincrest Place.

There is also a flood warning in effect in southern Cabarrus County until 2:30 p.m. Some areas that are expected to experience flooding include the intersection of Robinson Church Road and Stalling Road, near the Middleton and Rocky Meadow subdivisions.

As a result of the rain, a number of roads have been affected in the region.

In Mecklenburg County, Steele Creek Road (north of Hamilton Road) and North Tryon Street (south of Clark Boulevard) were reported to have standing water:

In Cabarrus County, several roads were closed due to flooding, including Stallings Road between Middleton Circle and Quail Hollow Drive; Pharr Mill Road between Rocky River Road and Sequoia Hill Road; Bowman Barrier Road between Long Run Farm and Mount Pleasant city limits; Barrier Road at Irish Potato Road; and Lambert Road at Hahn Scott Road.

Meanwhile, Stanly County reported a number of road closures because of the flooding, including Gold Branch Road at Willie Road, Gold Branch Road at Bell Road, Rogers Road, Flint Ridge Road, Old Mill Road, Poplin Road, Booger Hollar Road, Bridgeport Road and Hills Ford Road.

Charlotte residents can expect more rain and more unseasonably warm weather today, said meteorologist John Tomko.

Tomko said that there is a slow-moving frontal system in the area and that the moisture associated with that front is going to keep rain in the area for much of the day.

The rain should stop within a couple of hours after sunset, but not before dropping 0.75 inches on the area first, he said.

Already, the reporting station at Charlotte Douglas International Airport had received 2.99 inches between 8 a.m. Sunday and 7 a.m. Monday. And more than two inches of that had fallen since 7 p.m.

A number of automated rain gauges in the area show even more than the 2.99 inches at the airport. Since 7 a.m. Sunday, Tega Cay had collected 3.52 inches of rain and Kennedy Middle School in the Steele Creek area had seen 3.43 inches.

High temperatures are expected to reach 62 degrees today, with the low around 60 degrees this morning, said Tomko.

“To be this warm, that’s not par for the course this time of year,” he said. “Also, this front is moving quite slowly. Generally a front will get through quicker than this one so this front is really hanging around for a while.”

Tomko said residents can expect dry weather, with high temperatures in the mid to upper 40s by Tuesday and Wednesday. He added that the low temperature is expected to drop off from the mid 30s on Tuesday morning to the low 20s on Wednesday morning.

Staff reporter Steve Lyttle contributed

Arriero: 704-358-5945; Twitter: @earriero
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