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Potential for flooding remains through Thursday

Flooding in Statesville
Flooding in Statesville David Jenkins WBTV

The rain seemingly was not going away on Wednesday as a flood watch was placed on many areas surrounding Charlotte.

Forecasters said the atmosphere is very moist and there is little air movement. Any storms that develop are capable of producing heavy rain and making only slow eastward movement.

An area of strong thunderstorms came to a near-stall for several hours near Statesville, dumping up to 7 inches of rain and triggering flash flooding over parts of central Iredell County.

The National Weather Service said conditions will remain ripe for deluge-producing storms to develop across the Charlotte region and has issued a Flash Flood Watch until 8 a.m. Thursday.

Forecasters said the watch might be extended, because similar conditions are likely Thursday.

WBTV’s 7-day forecast is giving a 50 percent chance of rain for Thursday.

A bus lot near Statesville High School was reported to be under several feet of water Wednesday afternoon, and several parking lots near businesses in downtown Statesville were flooded, authorities said.

Flooding also was reported in the parking lot of Iredell Memorial Hospital and on Sullivan Road at Interstate 40. Both I-40 and I-77 were reported to be open, according to the N.C. Highway Patrol.

No injuries were reported.

Neil Dixon, of the National Weather Service office in Greer, S.C., said the focus of the flooding is expected to be from the mountains eastward along the I-40 corridor.

But Dixon said anyone in or near the Flash Flood Watch area could receive flooding rains.

The flood watch includes Mecklenburg, Union, Cabarrus, Rowan, Iredell, Alexander, Catawba, Caldwell, Burke, Lincoln, Cleveland and Gaston counties.

Tyler Fleming: 704-358-5355, @tyler_fleming96