Yesterday evening, while most people were enjoying their man-made explosions, nature put on its own firework display in a much more epic fashion.
Several massive thunderstorm cells rolled through our region, resulting in downed power lines, fires, and hundreds of lightning strikes – one of which even resulted in the death of a South Carolina man.
Rock Hill officials reported over 1,500 customers without power last night, fallen trees and broken power lines were also reported around Cabarrus County.
In total, Duke Energy reported that nearly 30,000 customers around the Carolinas were without power at 4pm yesterday evening.
A lightning strike in Charlotte caused a structural fire in East Charlotte at about 3:40pm;
Update Structure Fire; Steepleton Way; CFD determined fire accidental due to lighting strike; 2 adults/2 children & cat displaced with @RedCross assisting; estimated loss $95k; smoke alarms alerted alarm company; @CFD_Alarm received call at 3:40pm & Station 27 on scene at 3:44pm pic.twitter.com/YqBqpEfx6q
— Charlotte Fire Dept (@CharlotteFD) July 5, 2019
In Eastern Lincoln County, a massive thunderstorm cell practically stopped moving and dumped over a half an inch of rain;
This storm over Eastern Lincoln County is nearly stationary just dumping rain west of Westport! Gusts to 50 mph are possible with torrential rain! pic.twitter.com/kaCYUL9DAe
— Chris Mulcahy (@YOURWEATHERMAN) July 4, 2019
The Charlotte region will be seeing another round of thunderstorms later today.
The National Weather Service sent out the follower alert ahead of today’s storms:
Scattered to widespread thunderstorms are expected this afternoon
and evening. Any thunderstorm that develops will be capable of
producing strong gusty winds, brief heavy rainfall, and cloud to
ground lightning. A few of these thunderstorms may become severe and
produce damaging wind gusts. In addition, localized flooding and
flash flooding will be possible if thunderstorms persist over the
Stay safe out there!