Charlotte weather: Storms cause power outages at Lake Norman

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Severe storms knocked out power to about 5,000 Duke Energy customers in the Charlotte area on Sunday.

The worst of breakdowns hit Mecklenburg, Iredell and Catawba counties in the late afternoon, and many could be without power through Monday morning, according to an outage map from Duke Energy.

About 3,000 of the outages occurred at Lake Norman in Iredell and Catawba counties, primarily along Brawley School Road and NC 150 in the Mooresville area. It’s just west of Interstate 77 about 35 miles north of Charlotte, the map showed just after 7 p.m.

About 1,000 outages have been reported in the University of Charlotte area, according to the map. That number fell to 440 outages as of 7:30 p.m., according to the map.

The storms dumped pea-sized hail and packed winds of 40 mphthe National Weather Service office in Greer, SC, reported on Twitter.

Earlier Sunday, NWS meteorologists correctly warned that “numerous thunderstorms” could develop mainly in the afternoon and evening.

A “cold front” brought on the storms, said WSOC meteorologist Ashley Kramlich.

“Heavy rain, frequent lightning and gusty winds are to be expected,” Kramlich warned earlier on Twitter.

Heavy thunderstorms Saturday evening power cut to 1,200 Duke Energy customers in Catawba County and about 2,000 in the Winston-Salem area, but fewer than 100 customers in Charlotte lost power, according to a Duke Energy outage map.

No weekend storms in the Charlotte area were caused by the tropical storm that surprised forecasters Saturday morning. Weak Tropical Storm Colin spared the area, meteorologist Jeffrey Taylor of the NWS office in Greer, SC, told the Charlotte Observer Saturday morning.

Colin formed near Myrtle Beach, South Carolina on Saturday morning, the National Hurricane Center reported. Early Sunday, the storm dissipated over eastern North Carolinareported the National Hurricane Center at 5 a.m.

Flooding from Tropical Storm Colin

On Saturday, the Hurricane Center warned holidaymakers on the coast to beware of the sea.

“Rough rip and surf currentswere likely to persist along the North Carolina coast through Sunday morning, according to a storm update from the National Hurricane Center at 11 a.m. Saturday.

Governor Roy Cooper issued a weather preparedness reminder on Saturday.

“This rapidly and rather unexpectedly forming storm reminds us that we all need to be prepared and vigilant during hurricane season,” Cooper said in a statement. “If you are taking advantage of the holiday weekend on the coast, monitor the weather closely and be sure to follow the instructions of local authorities and lifeguards.”

4th of July Forecast

Charlotte has a 50% chance of rain and thunderstorms on Monday, according to the NWS Charlotte Sunday 9 a.m. forecast.

Forecasts call for partly sunny skies and a high of 88 degrees, NWS meteorologists said.

This story was originally published July 2, 2022 10:44 a.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 the latest news.

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