Storms batter Lake Norman area; crews rescue dog

Another round of hit-and-miss thunderstorms, similar to those which affected parts of the Charlotte region on Memorial Day, are expected Tuesday across the area.

The storms dumped heavy rain, knocked down some trees, and forced Huntersville firefighters to rescue a dog that apparently was frightened by thunder.

A Bermuda high pressure system will dominate the area during the next few days, creating a typical summer pattern of scattered afternoon and evening thunderstorms.

A cluster of storms formed Monday afternoon northwest of Charlotte and rumbled across the Lake Norman area. The storms caused damage in parts of Catawba, Lincoln and northern Mecklenburg counties.

Police in Lincolnton reported scattered tree damage, and large limbs were blown down in the Denver area of eastern Lincoln County. Hail was reported in southeast Catawba County.

The automated rain gauge at Westport Golf Course near Lake Norman reported 3.33 inches of precipitation Monday evening, including 2.9 inches in a period of a little more than an hour. Rain also was reported at Cowans Ford Dam (0.83 inches) and in Cornelius (0.44 inches).

But areas to the south, including much of the Charlotte area, had no reported rainfall.

Bill Suthard, a spokesman for the Huntersville Fire Department, reported crews were called during the storm to the Camden of Sedgebrook apartments on Strathburn Court. Callers reported a dog was hanging from its leash from a second-floor apartment railing.

Crews were able to remove a piece of fencing from the railing and rescue the dog. Suthard said the dog, which apparently had been scared by the storm, was tired and dehydrated but otherwise OK. Firefighters said nobody was home at the apartment, and crews could not find the dog’s owner.

So the dog was given to Huntersville police, to find the owner.

Temperatures are expected to climb into the mid and upper 80s Tuesday, with thunderstorms developing in the mountains in the afternoon hours and drifting into the foothills and Piedmont. Wednesday is expected to be a bit warmer, with highs near 90, and only a small chance of storms.

But thunderstorms will return to the forecast Thursday and Friday, forecasters said.

A change to drier conditions is predicted for the weekend, with high temperatures in the middle 80s Saturday and Sunday.