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More storms, heavy rain develop across Charlotte area

Drenching thunderstorms developed for the second straight day Thursday across the Charlotte area, prompting the National Weather Service to issue a flood advisory for parts of Mecklenburg and Union counties.

After storms dumped about 3 inches of rain and caused flash flooding Wednesday evening in Charlotte’s uptown and northwest side, the hot and humid air mass over the Carolinas began producing more rain Thursday afternoon.

The Weather Service said parts of Mecklenburg and western Union counties had received 1 to 2 inches of rain between noon and 3 p.m., with another inch or two possible. Automated gauges showed more than 2 inches fell Thursday afternoon at Alexander Graham Middle School in Myers Park, and about 1.25 inches fell nearby at a site along Sharon Amity Road. About three-quarters of an inch was reported at two locations that got heavy rain Wednesday night – Chantilly Elementary in east Charlotte, and Reedy Creek Park in northeast Charlotte.

Pictures posted on Twitter showed a car partially submerged in water on Morrison Boulevard near SouthPark mall.

National Weather Service radar at mid-afternoon Thursday showed a few small thunderstorms and heavy showerrs scattered across the area.

Flood advisories also were in effect for parts of Burke and Caldwell counties in the foothills, and in northern Rowan County.

Forecasters said any storms that develop Thursday afternoon and evening will be slow-moving and could contain heavy rain.

Thunderstorm chances are expected to be lower Friday, then increase Saturday as a cold front approaches from the west. That front will bring much cooler temperatures, with highs only in the 70s both Sunday and Monday. Sunday is forecast to be a cloudy, wet day, but partial clearing is expected by Monday.

Parts of the Charlotte area are trying to dry out after Wednesday night’s deluge.

Heavy rain caused flash flooding, especially in the uptown area and along the Little Sugar Creek basin. Charlotte firefighters rescued a mother and her 5-year-old son from a car flooded at East Ninth and Caldwell streets in uptown, and several cars were reported flooded on North Tryon Street.

Authorities closed Freedom Park because of flooding along Little Sugar Creek. The same creek spilled out of its banks near the CPCC Central Campus.

Lyttle: 704-358-6107; Twitter: @slyttle
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