Strong storms pummel Charlotte area, prompting several warnings Friday

Strong storms pummel Charlotte area, prompting several warnings Friday

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The Charlotte area saw severe weather Friday afternoon and evening. There were reports of downed trees, flooding and thousands of power outages.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police responded to at least 30 different calls regarding blocked roads or traffic malfunctions during the storms.

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Roads across the area were submerged in water, creating dangerous conditions for drivers.

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As the temperatures rise, so do the number of car break-ins

It's been an incredibly hot June, and Charlotte-Mecklenburg police are seeing many drivers leaving their windows cracked or leaving their vehicles running to cool them down.

That makes their vehicles easy targets for burglars.

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“Some of the things that we do to lead to victimization is create a level of comfort for ourselves, not really realizing that level of comfort for ourselves can actually make us a victim,” police said.

Officers told Channel 9 there's already been a 10 percent increase in car break-ins this month. For the year, there have been 4,700 car break-ins.