Pop-up storms bring downed trees, hail

Tree across Carmel Road on Tues., May 21. Hail, heavy rain and lightning were also reported.


by WCNC.com Staff


Posted on May 21, 2013 at 8:05 AM

Updated Tuesday, May 21 at 5:49 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Slow-moving isolated storms are making their way across the Charlotte-area.

The First Warn Storm Teams says more showers and storms could develop later in the afternoon, with the potential to bring heavy rain.

The biggest problem with Tuesday afternoon's storms will be their very slow movement and their potential to produce heavy rain over the same spot; the pop-up storms could bring some localized flooding.

There have been reports of small hail from Carowinds to Lake Wylie and in the Concord-area.

A downed tree shut down the 2300 block of Carmel Road in South Charlotte, taking with it some power lines.

Authorities say SouthPark Mall was victim of the resulting power outage.

Duke Power is standing-by waiting to fix the power lines, but as of 5:30 p.m., crews were still waiting for a crane to remove the downed tree.

Showers and storms could continue into the evening, weakening toward sunset.

Wednesday the Charlotte area will see a 40-percent chance of afternoon and evening storms, with partly sunny skies and high temperatures back in the low 80s across the Piedmont.

A cold front with drier air is expected to move through for the weekend, bringing nicer weather for the Memorial Day holiday.

Slow-moving storms with heavy rain hit several counties just east of Charlotte early Tuesday morning.

Strong storms moved through Anson, Stanly and Chesterfield Counties around 4 a.m., bringing heavy rain and lightning to the area.

The First Warn Storm Team tracked the heavy storms as they moved into area and across parts of South Carolina on Tuesday morning.

Five inches of rain fell in parts of Anson, Stanly and Chesterfield Counties early Tuesday morning.

There were some flooding concerns for low-lying areas in those counties. Authorities say any flooding has already receded.

Part of Highway 52 in Anson County had high water sitting in the road, but once the rain stopped the water receded quickly, according to the sheriff's office.

"There was close to four inches of rain north and south of Wadesboro," Sprinkle said, "The rain was heavy at times with the storm moving slowly through the area."