Updated Saturday, 7am
Heavy rains fell across the Lake Norman area Friday night, leading to flooding in some low-lying areas and closed roads. High water stranded vehicles and blocked both back roads and main roads, from River Run in Davidson to NC 115 to Sam Furr Road in Huntersville and even I-77 in Cornelius, according to reader reports and emergency dispatches. Meanwhile, the storm also caused power outages, including one that began just before 10pm in the Antiquity Cornelius neighborhood and along NC 115 in Cornelius.
Power also was out for a time for Huntersville customers of ElectriCities, but later was restored.
The Cornelius outage happened when two large trees fell on a major power line, causing significant damage, ElectriCities said.
At around 11:25 pm, an Electricities spokeswoman said of the Cornelius outage: “Crews were dispatched at 9:50 and are working on restoring power, but the areas of flooding are causing some delays.”
She said Cornelius customers were expected to their power back early Saturday, and by 7am, residents reported the power had returned. (For the latest updates, follow @ElectriCitiesNC on Twitter.)
Officials warned residents to stay off the roads, and cautioned against driving into high water. Vehicles were stranded throughout the region.
Meteorologist Brad Panovich of WCNC-TV said rainfall ranged from 4 to 7 inches in different areas.
In Davidson, River Crossing Blvd in River Run closed between River Falls and Carnegie Overlook because of flooding. Flooding also was reported in the Bailey Springs neighborhood.
NC 73 near Birkdale Village in Huntersville also was reportedly flooded.
At around 10pm, two cars became stranded in high water while driving under the railroad overpass on NC 115 at Potts Street, between Davidson and Cornelius.
At 10:30pm, an electrical hazard, possibly trouble with power lines, was reported at Church and Legion streets in Cornelius.’
Reader Michael Young reported just after 10pm that the parking lot of the Lake Norman YMCA “is now part of the lake. (See his photo: http://pic.twitter.com/ehNwMDvKHb).
Flooding remained a problem into Saturday morning. Huntersville Fire Department reported that McIlwaine Road is closed near Beatties Ford Road. (See photo http://twitter.com/Huntersville_FD/status/350925880530440192/photo/1 )
Stough Road in Concord was under water Saturday morning. (Photo: https://twitter.com/boxemoutdave/status/350920223681048576/photo/1)
The National Weather Service issued storm alerts several times Friday night, and a flood warning was extended until Saturday at noon for the Lake Norman area.
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