Heavy rain, lightning strike Charlotte area

John Wendel has the latest on the strong storms rolling through the Carolinas.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Strong storms rolled through the Carolinas late Monday night.

While a severe thunderstorm warning has not been issued in our viewing area, an area flood advisory was issued in Union County until 1:30 a.m. Tuesday. Cabarrus and Mecklenburg counties were issued area flood advisory until 4:30 a.m.

Meteorologist John Wendel said with the heavy rain in our viewing area, flooding is expected to be the biggest concern Monday night and into Tuesday morning.

"Because the rain is coming down so hard, localized flooding could be an issue," Wendel said.

Wendel said some of the heaviest overnight rain is expected to hit northeast of Charlotte.

"Over in Mooresville, Troutman, and all the way in Salisbury, those are areas that are picking up one to two inches of rain per hour," Wendel said.

Wendel said rain should die down in Salisbury around 1 a.m. Tuesday.

Chief Meteorologist Brad Panovich says during these storms, it's important to stay out of the bathtub, shower and away from corded devices.

While the thunderstorms outside were loud, Panovich says these storms are not considered "severe storms." He said non-severe storms carry winds under 58 miles per hour and without hails of over an inch in diameter. 

He said flooding and lightning are still "big time concerns."

NBC Charlotte's Greg Olenik shared a video of heavy rain and thunderstorms rolling through west Charlotte.

Wendel said we should expect patchy fog in the morning, with a 50 percent chance of rain with highs of 89 degrees. He said showers and strong storms may come by on a day he expects to be mostly cloudy.

For the latest updates on local forecast, check out the WCNC.com radar HERE.

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