A line of storms with heavy amounts of rain and wind gusts of 40 mph and higher moved into the Charlotte area on Saturday afternoon.
The storms reached the northern and northwestern parts of the metro area by about 5 p.m., National Weather Service meteorologists reported. Lightning and thunderstorms raced into center city shortly before 5:30 p.m.
By 5:30 p.m., storms had knocked out power to 1,280 Duke Energy customers in Mecklenburg County. The number fell to 700 by 6:30 p.m.
Planes at Charlotte Douglas International Airport were still grounded at 6:15 p.m., and the FAA reported departure delays of 45 minutes to an hour, the airport tweeted.
The FAA lifted the ground stop shortly before 6:30 p.m., but departure delays lingered. The airport urged passengers to check with their airlines for updates.
Earlier in the afternoon, 3,520 Duke Energy customers lost power in Gaston County, 2,100 in Catawba County and 1,470 in Cleveland County. Outages in Mecklenburg County fell to 700 by 6:30 p.m.
Flooding was reported in Catawba County. Hickory’s airport saw at least 2 inches of rain in just 40 minutes Saturday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service in Greer, S.C.
Nickle-sized hail fell in Burke County, NWS meteorologists said, and the Charlotte area could see some pea-sized hail.