Severe thunderstorm threat diminishes

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by NewsChannel 36 Staff

WCNC.com

Posted on May 15, 2012 at 6:00 AM

Updated Tuesday, May 15 at 10:20 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. --  After getting more than four inches of rain in the last week, more wet weather is expected to hit the Charlotte region Tuesday night.

Tonight, thunderstorms are slowly diminishing with the loss of daytime heating. The severe thunderstorm watch will be allowed to expire at 10 p.m.

A flash flood watch remains in effect through late Tuesday night for most of the NewsChannel 36 viewing area.  The storms may produce damaging winds, large hail and localized flooding.

Many locations across the region have seen torrential rains the last few days and any new rain will only aggravate the situation, according to the First Warn Storm Team.

In the last seven days, the Charlotte are has received 4.42 inches of rain compared to 5.56 inches in the preceding 68 days.  Locally, 1-2 inches of rain may occur in spots over a short period of time Tuesday evening.

The heavy rain that fell Monday caused flooding problems for some people in the area.  An assisted living home in Kannapolis had to be evacuated after a creek near the complex rose several inches Monday night.  Around midnight, emergency crews evacuated 31 residents from the Kannapolis Village Assisted Living Home and took them to Fred Wilson Elementary School. 

Around 2 a.m., crews were able to clear the scene and return the residents to the assisted living home. Crews said the evacuation was a precautionary move as the creek quickly receded. 
 
The rain fall also caused problems for commuters in Chester County Tuesday morning.   Emergency crews closed part of Saluda Road near S.C. 324 early Tuesday morning due to flooding.

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