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Strong thunderstorms bring heavy rain, strong winds to Charlotte area

A line of storms brought heavy rain and gusty winds to the Carolinas Friday afternoon with torrential downpours in Uptown Charlotte.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A severe thunderstorm warning was issued for Mecklenburg County as strong storms moved through the Charlotte area with heavy downpours and gusty winds Friday afternoon. 

The National Weather Service issued the warning for Central Mecklenburg County in the Piedmont of North Carolina. 60 mile-per-hour wind gusts and quarter-sized hail are possible with the storm. NWS received multiple reports of downed tree limbs as the storms moved through Charlotte with rain rates of up to 2" per hour. 

NWS reported trees and power lines down at Park Road and East Boulevard. As of 3:30 p.m., Duke Energy reported over 11,000 customers were without power in Mecklenburg County. The majority of those outages centered in Charlotte's Cotswold, Dilworth and Elizabeth neighborhoods.

Scattered trees and power lines will be blown down in the warned area. Seek shelter inside an interior room.

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Friday's storms are associated with a cold front moving through the area and are not in any way affiliated with Tropical Storm Elsa, which brought heavy rain to eastern North Carolina and South Carolina. 

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