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Powerful storms could again deliver hail, damaging wind to Charlotte area this week

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Another round of severe thunderstorms is expected to deliver hail and damaging wind to parts of the Charlotte region Wednesday afternoon and night, according to a hazardous weather bulletin from the National Weather Service.

“Isolated to scattered” storms could develop across the region from mid-afternoon through evening, according to the bulletin issued just before noon by the NWS office in Greer, S.C.

“Some of the storms will become strong with gusty winds and small hail,” NWS meteorologists said in the advisory. “A few might become severe with damaging wind gusts and large hail, mainly over Upstate South Carolina.”

The area under the hazardous weather threat also includes the S.C. and N.C. mountains and Greenville-Spartanburg, S.C.

The severe storms would precede what the NWS forecasts to be near record high temperatures in the Charlotte area through Memorial Day weekend.

Forecasters predict temperatures to soar into at least the mid-90s this week as tourists fill uptown Charlotte for the annual Speed Street festival. And even hotter weather is expected over Memorial Day weekend, approaching record highs.

Charlotte forecast calls for 30 to 40 mph winds and up to inch-sized hail for April 26, 2019.

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