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Cooler weather follows Tuesday night’s storms into Charlotte area

Cooler weather will filter into the Charlotte area Wednesday in the wake of Tuesday night’s strong thunderstorms, forecasters say.

The storms developed in advance of a cold front that pushed slowly through the region overnight.

Cooler and drier air is predicted to spread across the area Wednesday and Thursday, although National Weather Service meteorologists said there might be enough instability left behind for a shower or thundershower to develop Wednesday afternoon.

High temperatures Wednesday are expected to be in the mid and upper 70s.

Increasingly drier air is predicted to cover the region through the weekend and even into early next week, forecasters said. That will translate into daily high temperatures in the upper 70s and morning lows in the upper 50s.

The storms that formed Tuesday evening caused some problems in the area.

Heavy rain caused brief flash flooding in locations. Charlotte firefighters had to rescue a man whose car was stuck in high water about 9:30 p.m. on Tyvola Road near Old Pineville Road. Another water rescue was reported in the 7100 block of Colony Road, about a half-mile north of Rea Road.

Lightning strikes were reported on Sardis Road North at Monroe Road, on Steele Creek Road at West Boulevard, in the 2000 block of Edgewater Drive in south Charlotte’s Starmount area, and in the 10200 block of Fairway Ridge Road near Ballantyne. In addition, winds apparently blew down a large tree on Sharon Lane.

Outside Mecklenburg County, strong winds from a thunderstorm around 7 p.m. blew down trees on Philadelphia Church Road and Landsford Road near Marshville, and weather spotters reported 60 mph wind gusts in a storm near Midland about 6:30 p.m.

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