Hazardous weather could strike Wednesday night

A severe thunderstorm pounded parts of Rock Hill near the Catawba River Wednesday evening and the National Weather Service warned that isolated thunderstorms could pop up for the rest of the night.

“The main threats will be from cloud to ground lightning and heavy rainfall, however a few of these storms could become briefly severe, producing damaging wind gusts and possibly large hail,” the National Weath Service warned.

One storm, which had been building over Eastern York County since rush hour, struck at around 6:35 p.m.

The storm brought ice cube-sized hail, heavy rain and wind gusts that buckled trees.

Duke Energy was reporting nearly 10,000 outages in North and South Carolina, likely caused by the bad weather. Nearly 5,000 of them were in Mecklenburg. Another 701 were in York County, S.C., and 524 were in Gaston County.

The National Weather Service doesn’t expect any hazardous weather to form for the rest of the week in the greater Charlotte area.

Temperatures Thursday and Friday will be in the high 90s, although rain is expected Friday afternoon. Staff writer Mike Gordon contributed.

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