Charlotte Airport canceled due to severe weather

A second series of storms is expected to occur overnight.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Wednesday’s storms downed trees and caused widespread outages in the Charlotte area. Many flights out of Charlotte Douglas Airport were delayed or canceled due to the storms.

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As of 10 p.m. Wednesday, more than 700 flights had been delayed at the airport and 26 flights had been canceled. About half of those flights were American Airlines flights from CLT.

There could be one or two isolated storms after 7 p.m. Wednesday, but they should be mostly quiet until midnight into Thursday. The second wave is expected to hit the Charlotte metro area around 3 a.m. Thursday.

Several severe thunderstorm watches and warnings were issued for parts of the Charlotte area as a line of strong storms moved across the Carolinas Wednesday afternoon.

A tornado warning was issued around 3 p.m. for Cleveland, Gaston and Lincoln counties and expired at 3:45 p.m. The National Weather Service reported wind damage including downed trees and power lines in the Gaston County, around western Gastonia, Kings Mountain and Bessemer City. the storm cell has passed. Quarter-sized hail was also reported in the town of Bessemer.

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A third round of storms could occur during Thursday morning’s rush hour. Panovich said these storm surges could produce heavy rain, damaging winds and isolated tornadoes.

Brad Panovich said Thursday morning’s storms could impact the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow Club. The good news is that things should clear up by midday and the weather should be much nicer throughout the weekend.