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Severe storms Monday and Monday night could bring damaging winds, hail and flooding to the Lake Norman area, according to the National Weather Service.

Up to 2.5 inches of rain is possible, and there is a “remote threat of rotating storms,” NWS warned Monday morning.

Accuweather predicted that the most-intense storms could produce gusts of up to 70 mph.

“Winds of this magnitude can cause property damage and turn loose objects into dangerous projectiles,” Accuweather cautioned Monday. “With the soil becoming saturated due to the repeating downpours, wind gusts as low as 40 to 50 mph may be sufficient to knock down trees and power lines.”

The most-significant threat likely will be heavy rain, Accuweather and NWS predicted.

“Rainfall could be ... heavy enough to cause isolated flash flooding, especially if storms train over the same area,” NWS said.

The chance of rain and storms is 60 percent today with up to a half-inch of precipitation possible. High temperatures are expected to be in the upper 70s.

The rain chance rises to 80 percent overnight, with up to 2 inches of rain possible and lows in the low 60s.

The weather system headed for the Carolinas caused severe storms in Texas and Arkansas Sunday.

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