Wednesday, August 8, 2012

More rain, storms likely this afternoon

You probably don’t want to put away your umbrella just yet as more rain could move into the Charlotte region in the afternoon on Wednesday.

The National Weather Service says scattered thunderstorms are expected to develop across the area this afternoon, and some may be strong enough to produce damaging wind gusts or hail. The overall chance of precipitation is 30 percent.

Wednesday’s high is expected to reach 88 degrees.

It’s not yet clear whether today’s storms will be as widespread as those that drenched a good portion of the Charlotte area on Tuesday. Flash flooding was reported in parts of Mecklenburg, Cabarrus and York counties.

In Charlotte, firefighters rescued three people from flooded vehicles just west of uptown.

Two people in two separate vehicles were rescued about 8:30 p.m. at Ashley Road and Wilkinson Boulevard, said Charlotte Fire Capt. Rob Brisley. Soon, firefighters were called to rescue another driver trapped in high water at Camp Greene Street and Freedom Drive.

 - April Bethea