Charlotte weather: Storms cause breakdowns and flight delays


Severe storms that passed through the Charlotte area on Saturday cut the power for thousands of customers and delayed more than 500 flights.

Doors open for Garth Brooks concert at Bank of America Stadium in downtown Charlotte just under 15 minutes late because of thunderstorms. Ponchos are encouraged but umbrellas are not permitted, stadium operators said in a tweet.

About 6,000 Duke Energy customers in Mecklenburg County had no power as of 5 p.m., according to the company’s outage map. Crews were assessing when power will be restored.

As of 4:30 p.m., approximately 2,000 customers without power were in an area near downtown bordered by Independence Boulevard to the south, Interstate 277 to the west, Hawthorne Lane to the east, and North Davidson Street and East 18th Street to the north, map shown.

Another 700 were without power southwest of downtown in the Revolution Park-West Boulevard area and several hundred more were in Ballantyne, south Charlotte.

By 6:30 p.m. the total number of outages fell to about 4,000 and by 9 p.m. to about 1,000, according to the map.

traffic signals were on the CityLynx Gold Line at Sunnyside Avenue and Hawthorne Lane, as well as Charlottetowne Avenue and Elizabeth. Avenue, CATS announced on Twitter just after 6 p.m.

“Trams stop and continue at both intersections, CATS reported.

Delayed, canceled flights

At least 536 flights were delayed and 132 canceled at the Charlotte airport as of 9 p.m., according to, which tracks flights at airports nationwide.

This included 285 departure delays, or 40% of total departures, and 251 arrival delays, or 34%; 69 departures canceled, i.e. 9%, and 63 entries canceled, i.e. 8%.

Scattered thunderstorms were should grow overnight Saturday, according to the NWS office in Greer, SC

Strong pop-up thunderstorms battered Mecklenburg and surrounding counties all summer.

On Saturday July 9, 7,000 Duke Energy customers in southern Mecklenburg County lost power and 383 flights were delayed due to extreme weather conditions.

Charlotte’s predictions

The storm threat this weekend is should decrease at 30% on Sunday, mainly from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., and at 20% on Sunday evening, the NWS Charlotte forecast showed at 5 p.m. Saturday.

Saturday’s 90-degree high is expected to repeat on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, before climbing to 93 on Wednesday and 94 on Thursday, according to the NWS forecast. Friday’s high could drop to 91, ahead of Saturday’s highs to 94, forecasts say.

Most days are expected to be partly to mostly sunny, with a repeat chance of afternoon thunderstorms throughout the week, NWS forecasters said.

This story was originally published July 16, 2022 5:10 p.m.

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Joe Marusak has been a reporter for The Charlotte Observer since 1989, covering locals, towns and major news events in the area, and served as editor of the newspaper’s press office. He is currently reporting on the latest news.


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