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Sunshine, normal temperatures for Charlotte region Wednesday

Dry high pressure is building over the Charlotte region on Wednesday in the wake of a cold front, ushering in sunshine and relatively mild temperatures for the rest of the week.

Gone are Tuesday’s thunderstorms that caused power outages to thousands of Charlotte area homes.

A family of four was displaced when a tree crashed into their home on Mason Drive in north Charlotte. The American Red Cross assisted the family.

About 1,100 Duke Energy customers in Mecklenburg County remained without power Wednesday morning due to the storms. Power is expected to be restored by 2 p.m., the company reported.

While a few mountain showers and storms could return by week’s end, the rest of the region will see little chance of rain as the high pressure stays in control, according to the National Weather Service office in Greenville-Spartanburg, S.C.

Temperatures will remain near normal for this time of the year, with forecast highs of 89 Wednesday, 87 Thursday and Friday, 88 Saturday and 89 Sunday.

Severe drought, meanwhile, continues to expand across the Southern Piedmont of North Carolina and the Eastern Piedmont of South Carolina, as precipitation deficits continue to increase, according to the weather service.

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067, @jmarusak

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