Heavy downpours flood streets in region; power outages reported

Heavy rains and strong thunderstorms pummeled the Charlotte region on Sunday, flooding some streets and dropping hail in spots.

The National Weather Service issued a flurry of severe thunderstorm and flash-flood warnings for much of the region from 5 p.m. into the night. A flood warning remained in effect until early this morning for Mecklenburg and Cabarrus counties.

No injuries from the storms had been reported Sunday night.

In Cabarrus, emergency officials received reports of flooded streets across the county, including on Zion Church and Stowe roads in Concord.

The southbound lanes of U.S. 29 near U.S. 601 were temporarily closed after two cars were stranded in high water, the National Weather Service said.

There also were reports of flash flooding across Stough Road and houses being flooded on Melrose Street in Cabarrus.

“It's been a lot more rain in a shorter amount of time than we're used to,” said Lt. J.N. Bailey with the Cabarrus County Sheriff's Office.

Catawba County also was hit hard. At one point, the weather service reported that as much as four inches of rain had fallen in a few hours near the Catawba-Iredell county line.

In Charlotte, firefighters responded to a flooding problem at Wilkinson Boulevard and Ashley Road in west Charlotte near the Wal-Mart Supercenter. The circumstances surrounding the emergency were unknown.

Duke Energy reported that more than 10,000 customers in Cabarrus, Catawba and Mecklenburg counties were without power at 11 p.m.

The weather service is predicting a 40 percent chance of thunderstorms for the Charlotte region today, with highs near 90.