A severe weather threat is possible Friday for the Carolinas

A severe weather threat is possible Friday for the Carolinas

Overnight storms may produce gusty winds and some heavy rain.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The risk of severe storms in the Charlotte area decreased Friday evening.

This latest round of storms came just three days after a historic storm system that knocked out power to hundreds of thousands of people across the Carolinas, caused widespread wind damage and even produced a deadly EF-1 tornado in Catawba County.

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In good news, the weather on Friday was completely different from what the region experienced on Tuesday. This system, for example, was short-lived, did not have strong winds, and had much lower rainfall totals.

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Wind speeds ranged from 45 to 55 mph and above during the day Tuesday and continued throughout the night. This Friday event brought another windy day, but winds outside of any thunderstorms ranged below 30 to 40 mph.

While these storms are less severe, they are still strong enough to down some trees with shallow roots because the soil is still saturated from Tuesday's heavy rain.

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More potential for rainfall and flooding

Tuesday's rainfall was a record day for Charlotte, breaking the previous record set in 1921.

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Currently, there is only a low probability of flooding, but flooding remains a concern when we take into account recent rainfall totals from previous systems. Rain should be less than an inch across the area, but there are some higher amounts that could reach 1 to 2 inches with heavy rainfall. This event does not last as long and does not have the same widespread rain.

At the same time, the levels of rivers and streams in the region will gradually fall below the intermediate and secondary flood stage.

Severe storms

The high threat for severe storms, according to the Storm Prediction Center, has dropped to a low level, with no instability reaching our area. The only danger is non-thunderstorm winds and gusty winds throughout the night.

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Friday morning and afternoon were dry. However, storms began to hit in the late afternoon and evening hours of the day.

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