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Charlotte will dodge brunt of tropical storm but severe rain could hit mountains

Tropical Storm Cindy made landfall in the Gulf on Thursday. The storm isn’t expected to have a major impact on Charlotte as it moves inland, though western North Carolina could see heavy rain. (NOAA via AP)
Tropical Storm Cindy made landfall in the Gulf on Thursday. The storm isn’t expected to have a major impact on Charlotte as it moves inland, though western North Carolina could see heavy rain. (NOAA via AP) AP

Rain is expected in the Charlotte metro area Thursday as part of a system influenced by Tropical Storm Cindy, according to the National Weather Service.

The storm made landfall in the Gulf Coast Thursday morning, but circulation from the system is bringing moisture across the southeast United States. However, the weather service said there isn’t a reason to be concerned in the Charlotte area.

Rain is expected to start in the region in the afternoon and continue throughout the night, though the Weather Service said severe weather isn’t likely. WBTV, the Observer’s news partner, reported Thursday’s showers are expected to be heaviest west of Interstate 77.

Cindy is expected to continue moving inland and north toward Tennessee and Friday night into Saturday, though most of the storm’s moisture is expected to stay in western North Carolina, and not have a significant impact on the Charlotte area or in the eastern part of the state.

People traveling to the mountains should want to stay alert to the weather.

Joshua Palmer, meteorologist with the weather service, said there won’t be much left of the storm by the time it reaches western North Carolina. While its remnants could produce severe weather in the mountains, the main concern from Cindy will be heavy rain in the mountains and along the North Carolina-Tennessee state line.

As for the Charlotte area, Palmer said the region should expect showers through Saturday, with the potential for some bouts of heavy rain. Severe weather isn’t likely as a result of Cindy, Palmer said.

“This is about as perfect as you’re going to get for trying to avoid a tropical storm for the Charlotte metro,” Palmer said.

Looking ahead, Palmer said the Charlotte region will enjoy nice weather next week once Cindy is gone. Humidity is expected to be low and so are temperatures, with highs in the low 80s by mid-week, Palmer said.

LaVendrick Smith; 704-358-5101; @LaVendrickS

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