Severe thunderstorms with quarter hailHeavy rain and potentially damaging gusty winds are expected in the Charlotte area on Sunday for the second day in a row, National Weather Service meteorologists said.

“Extensive thunderstorms” could develop mainly in the afternoon and evening, according to a dangerous weather report from the NWS early Sunday.

Charlotte has a 60% chance of thunderstorms after 4 p.m., according to the NWS Charlotte Sunday 9 a.m. forecast.

Blame the approach of a cold front, said WSOC meteorologist Ashley Kramlich.

“Heavy rain, frequent lightning and gusty winds are to be expected,” Kramlich said on Twitter.

Sunday is otherwise expected to be sunny with a high of 93 degrees, NWS forecasters said.

Heavy thunderstorms Saturday evening power cut to 1,200 Duke Energy customers in Catawba County and about 2,000 in the Winston-Salem area, but fewer than 100 customers in Charlotte lost power, according to a Duke Energy outage map.

No weekend storm in the Charlotte area can be attributed to the tropical storm that stunned forecasters on Saturday morning. Weak Tropical Storm Colin spared the area, meteorologist Jeffrey Taylor of the NWS office in Greer, SC, told the Charlotte Observer Saturday morning.

Colin formed near Myrtle Beach, South Carolina on Saturday morning, the National Hurricane Center reported. Early Sunday, the storm dissipated over eastern North Carolinareported the National Hurricane Center at 5 a.m.

Flooding from Tropical Storm Colin

On Saturday, the Hurricane Center warned holidaymakers on the coast to beware of the sea.

“Rough rip and surf currentswere likely to persist along the North Carolina coast through Sunday morning, according to a storm update from the National Hurricane Center at 11 a.m. Saturday.

Governor Roy Cooper issued a weather preparedness reminder on Saturday.

“This rapidly and rather unexpectedly formed storm reminds us that we all need to be prepared and vigilant during hurricane season,” Cooper said in a statement. “If you are taking advantage of the holiday weekend on the coast, monitor the weather closely and be sure to follow the instructions of local authorities and lifeguards.”

4th of July Forecast

Charlotte has a 50% chance of rain and thunderstorms on Monday, according to the NWS Charlotte forecast at 9 a.m.

Forecasts call for partly sunny skies and a high of 88 degrees, NWS meteorologists said.

This story was originally published July 2, 2022 10:44 a.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.