CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Prolonged periods of heavy rain Friday in Charlotte lead the National Weather Service to issue a Flash Flood Warning for parts of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County.
Between two and three inches of fell in southeast Charlotte, specifically near Cotswold, Idlewild, and Matthews. Addison Drive in Sherwood Forest flooded near McMullen Creek after the creek rose more than 4 feet.
First Warn Storm Team Meteorologist Chris Mulcahy called for scattered but possibly severe storms. The storms, which began popping up around 2 p.m., continue through the evening commute.
The storms moved out before the start of high school football games but left behind scattered fields.
The First Warn Storm Team said Charlotte and the surrounding communities had a "low risk" chance of experiencing a severe thunderstorm. At the height of the activity, severe thunderstorm warnings had been issued for Mecklenburg, Union, York, Chester, and Lancaster counties.
An increase in convective development and associated lightning trends were observed along the North Carolina and South Carolina border. With temperatures exceeding 90 Friday, the atmosphere was primed for storms.
In Lancaster County, strong storms brought down power lines on 8th Street near Brooklyn Avenue.
Around 2 p.m., about a thousand Duke Energy customers near Southpark lost electricity. While a cause has not yet been determined, power is not expected to be restored until after 5 p.m.