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Showers, possible thunderstorms on the way

Strong storms are possible after 10 p.m. Friday night.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- After a week of summer-like temperatures, heavy rain, and possible storms are on its way to Charlotte area.

Meteorologist Sarah Fortner says rainfall in the area should start cranking up around 10 p.m. Friday.

"Moderate downpours, small hail and gusty storms are what we're looking for later tonight," Fortner says.

Duke Energy told Fortner that extra crews are on standby Friday night in case of power outages.

Flood watch was issued for Watauga County, according to NWS. Up in Ashe County, tornado warnings were issued on the other side of the Tennessee line over at Carter, Johnson and Sullivan counties.As for Charlotte area, Fortner says most of the downpour is expected late Friday night.

She said the second half of Saturday and all of Sunday are expected to be sunny and dry.