Thousands of Duke Energy customers in Mecklenburg County could be without power through Friday after severe storms rolled through the Carolinas on Thursday.
“The severe line of storms that moved through the Carolinas … downed numerous trees, power lines and poles,” according to a statement from Duke Energy.
As of 5:15 p.m. Thursday, about 7,000 customers in south Charlotte, 13,000 in northeast Charlotte and about 14,000 in the Concord-Kannapolis area of Cabarrus County remained without power, according to the outage map of Duke Energy.
As of 11 p.m., more than 12,000 customers still had no power in the area — the majority in east and southeast Charlotte and the Concord-Kannapolis area.
“Crews will work through the night to complete repairs and further assess the damage,” Duke Energy said.
Many customers in Mecklenburg County may not see their power restored until 4:15 p.m. Friday, according to Duke Energy’s map late Thursday afternoon.
“Lots of downed trees, as well as power lines,” meteorologist Bill Martin of the National Weather Service office in Greer, SC, told the Charlotte Observer just after 5:30 p.m. Thursday. “Most of the heaviest stuff has now moved east to the Charlotte area.”
Yet Mecklenburg, Cabarrus, and Union counties remained under a severe thunderstorm watch until 9 p.m.
NWS meteorologists issued severe thunderstorm warnings throughout the afternoon for the Charlotte area and northern South Carolina.
And the region could experience more of the same severe weather on Friday afternoon, according to the NWS.
“A few storms could get serious with damaging winds as the main threat, but large hail is also possible,” NWS meteorologists said in an alert Thursday afternoon. “Some of the storms could also contain heavy rain, causing puddles on roads and low-lying areas.”
Friday is expected to be another extremely hot day, with heat index values of 100 to 105 during the afternoon, according to the NWS.
This story was originally published June 16, 2022 5:28 p.m.