Damaging winds, hail move through Charlotte area

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Strong storms brought damaging winds and hail to the Charlotte area Monday evening. 

The worst of it started to shift out around 6:30 p.m., according to Chief Meteorologist Brad Panovich, but there was still a heavy rain presence. 

“As this line moves through the severe thunderstorm watch is being canceled early,” he said.

The highest threat on Monday was damaging winds, and trees and power lines were brought down due to it.

As the first wave of storms moved through, new warnings came for areas in South Carolina. New storms developed in south Charlotte, with numerous showers, clouds and thunderstorms present in the area already. 

The next line of rain moving in from the Southwest prompted warnings out of York County. The Charlotte area was hit with the second line around 5:30 p.m. 

Flooding wasn’t as much of a concern, and there was a very low threat for tornadoes. 

Things could start to calm down after 8 or 9 p.m., but Chief Meteorologist Brad Panovich said we can’t rule out a lingering shower overnight. He did say overnight storms shouldn’t be as severe.

For storms lingering into Tuesday, areas further South are expected to be more at risk.

As of 4 p.m. Monday, severe thunderstorm warnings were issued for parts of the area including Mecklenburg County, Shelby, Lake Wylie, Gastonia and more. Trees were reported down in Bessemer City.

The storms could produce some very heavy rain up to 1-2 inches through Monday. 

Luckily, we have been dry so this will limit minor flooding, but some areas could still see this briefly. 

Rain will have its final surge on Tuesday afternoon with a few thunderstorms but it should be tamer than Monday. Everything is expected to be dry and sunny come Wednesday!

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