Storms Flood York County, N.C., Dump 'Ping-Pong-Ball-Size Hail' on the City

Sunday morning forecasts called for the chance of damaging wind, large hail and isolated tornadoes and flash flooding, according to the NWS. Monday calls for sunny skies and a high of 68 degrees in the Rock Hill and Charlotte regions.

by Joe Marusak, The Charlotte Observer / April 14, 2019

(TNS) - The warning comes as intense storms flooded roads in York County, S.C., and delivered 70 mph winds and ping pong ball-size hail to Morganton, N.C., on Saturday as the Carolinas braced for more severe weather on Sunday.

“We cannot stress this enough,” the York County Sheriff’s Office warned Saturday afternoon in one of eight tweets that included pictures of flooded roads. “DO NOT TRY TO DRIVE THROUGH FLOODED OUT ROADS!!!!!"

On Sunday, the National Weather Service had issued a tornado warning for northwestern Davie and northeastern Iredell counties in North Carolina until 11:45 a.m.

Showers and thunderstorms are expected all day and night Sunday as well, with an 80 percent chance at Charlotte Douglas International Airport, according to the 5:52 p.m. Saturday forecast from the National Weather Service Office in Greer, S.C.

Sunday morning forecasts called for the chance of damaging wind, large hail and isolated tornadoes and flash flooding, according to the NWS. Monday calls for sunny skies and a high of 68 degrees in the Rock Hill and Charlotte regions.

Photos circulating Saturday included one of a car trapped in flood waters on Mobley Store Road, between Burkin Road and Booney Road in York, and another of a washed-out Bookout Road in Rock Hill.

At 5 p.m. Saturday, Gunsmoke Road, Stallcup Road, South Fork Road and part of Wilson Chapel Road remained closed due to flooding, York County emergency management officials tweeted.

In Morganton, a “very powerful severe thunderstorm” delivered “ping pong ball size hail and 70 mph wind,” according to a tweet by NWS.

“Take cover now!” NWS meterorologists tweeted.

Tornado warnings were issued for the Hickory area although none were confirmed.

Staff writer Amanda Harris contributed.

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