Charlotte braces for ripple effect of Hurricane Hermine

Local crews prep for the storm brewing due to the ripple effect of Hurricane Hermine.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- As crews clean up from Thursday's round of severe weather, officials already have plans in place for what tomorrow may bring.

There's a storm brewing and Charlotte communities will feel the ripple effect of Hurricane Hermine.

Lester Oliva with MEDIC says his crews are ready for anything. 

"This is the world we live in," said Oliva. "If that button is pushed and we have to gear up there is a mechanism in place to call for extra assistance."

The city is bracing for the big storm as well. Charmeck Stormwater was out Thursday checking gauges at creeks. 

"If we are getting the kind of rain we are anticipating we could have flash flooding," said Mark Boone with Charmeck Stormwater. 

If that's the case, local banks may burst at the seams causing dangerous flooding which is why Charmeck Stormwater sent crews to 20 high-water hotspots around town.

"Right now it looks pretty docile," said Boone. "If we get one to two inches of rain and hour and this creek can flood all the way up to this bank." 

Lightning strikes along with down trees and power lines may be problematic. Either way Duke energy is prepared.

"We have line workers and lots of other technicians available in all of our service territories who are available to respond if power outages occur," said Meghan Miles with Duke Energy

Officials say mother nature may put a damper on holiday travel. State Trooper Burgin says North Carolina State Highway Patrol worked more than 100 accidents in the Charlotte area the last two Labor Day Weekends. 

"There were no storms those weekends that I can remember, however, with the storms coming in it's going to add that little extra touch to the driving where you're going to have to be extra careful," said Burgin.
 

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