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Charlotte region sees creeks and streams rising as rain continues to fall

Storm knocks over huge tree and crushes church.

A large tree fell on the fellowship hall at New Outreach Christian Center on Monday during the early after rain storm. Pastor Brenda Stevenson said that they are in need of volunteers with saws to cut up the wood.
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A large tree fell on the fellowship hall at New Outreach Christian Center on Monday during the early after rain storm. Pastor Brenda Stevenson said that they are in need of volunteers with saws to cut up the wood.

Rain inundating the Charlotte region since Sunday isn’t expected to let up until 4 a.m. Tuesday, with the worst flooding expected from Concord to Monroe and points east, a National Weather Service meteorologist said Monday night.

All of the Charlotte region remains under a flood watch until 8 a.m. Tuesday, with many areas expecting four to six inches of rain to have fallen since Sunday.

The rain should begin to ease Tuesday morning, although scattered showers are expected into the afternoon, NWS meteorologist Harry Gerapetritis said.

Charlotte Douglas International Airport saw 3.27 inches of rain fall Sunday and Monday, with another inch to 1 1/2 inches expected Monday night and early Tuesday, Gerapetritis said.

By Monday morning, the most intense flooding was reported in Burke and Caldwell counties.

Charlotte Observer news partner WBTV reported the boat landing at Johns River, along N.C. 18, was under water due to the consistent rainfall, with no indication of levels decreasing. Lower Creek washed over Antioch Road, leaving residents at a nearby campground trapped in their RVs.

By noon, the water was about half a foot from getting inside many of the RVs, and one man was seen carrying a neighbor’s dog to higher ground, WBTV reported.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation urged residents to avoid driving through areas of pooled water.

The rain saturated Charlotte’s soil, causing trees to fall across Marvin Road and Sharon Road.

At one point early Monday, Duke Energy reported nearly 63,000 customers without power in Mecklenburg County. By noon, the number of outages had dropped to 395.

When will the sun return?

Some sunlight could emerge through the clouds on Tuesday afternoon, but the day will remain mostly cloudy, Gerapetritis said

Tuesday night should be partly cloudy, with Wednesday mostly sunny, according to the NWS office in Greer, S.C.

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