For the second day in a row, powerful storms knocked out electricity to thousands of Duke Energy customers in the Charlotte area on Friday afternoon.

Just before 7 p.m., more than 166,000 Duke Energy customers had no power across North Carolina, including about 30,000 in the Charlotte area and nearly 10,000 in South Carolina, according to the map of business breakdowns. Most outages in the Charlotte area occurred west and northeast of Mecklenburg County in Gaston, Rowan and other counties.

About 4,000 customers were without power in the Gastonia-Kings Mountain and Waxhaw areas, 5,400 in Rowan County and about 1,000 in South Charlotte, according to the map.

A line of severe storms with hail and 60 mph gusts swept through Gaston, Mecklenburg, Iredell and other counties around 5:30 p.m., the National Weather Service reported.

NWS meteorologists have issued severe thunderstorm warnings for Charlotte Airport and parts of Gaston, Union and Rowan counties.

Between 3 p.m. and 6:15 p.m., 67 flights were delayed and 41 canceled at the airport, according to the Misery Map on the flight tracking site.

Thursday, more than 40,000 customers in the Charlotte area lost power after storms toppled trees and power lines, many in the Concord-Kannapolis area. As of noon Friday, only about 3,000 customers were still without power, mostly in southeast Charlotte, according to Duke Energy’s outage map.

Thursday’s lightning sparked a fire that damaged a chapel at Barber-Scotia College, one of the Charlotte-area’s historically black colleges and universities, a Concord spokesperson confirmed.

This is a developing story.

This story was originally published June 17, 2022 6:15 p.m.

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Joe Marusak has been a reporter for The Charlotte Observer since 1989, covering locals, towns and major news events in the area, and served as editor of the newspaper’s press office. He is currently reporting on the latest news.