CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for Cabarrus, Cleveland, Mecklenburg and Gaston counties Thursday morning.

Heavy rain and storms started moving through the Charlotte area around 8 a.m.

Several secondary roads near Mountain Isle Lake are experiencing flooding from the rain, but no major issues have been reported on highways or other area roads.

The heavy rain has led to flooding in several northwest Charlotte neighborhoods. Part of Morgan Street and Sinclair Street were closed because of flooding into the late morning. The water completely submerged nearby streets and fire crews helped get residents out of their homes. The Charlotte Fire Department cleared drains clogged with debris. The flood water receded by noon and was streaming easily into the gutters. The fire department says the Storm Water Department is responsible if they clog again. Officials considered an evacuation but that order was never mandated.

Flood waters also caused a diesel tank to fall at a Charlotte home Thursday morning. Fire and hazmat crews responded to the home in the 4000 block of Oakdale Road. They say the leak has been contained and no one was injured.

The rest of the day:

Parts of Charlotte will see heavy rain and potential flooding with this front. The chance of rain will last all afternoon and into the evening hours, Sprinkle said.

A cold front is bringing rain that will be heavy at times with this band of storms. NBC Charlotte forecaster Larry Sprinkle said parts of Charlotte could see between 1 to 3 inches of rain today.
Showers will be sporadic throughout today as the front slowly moves across the region. The mountains experienced heavy rain early this morning and will continue to see rainfall this afternoon.

Tonight there will be more clouds and rain for the Charlotte area. Some storms could be severe with the main threat again being gusty winds and flooding.

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