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CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) — Strong thunderstorms fed by the heat and
humidity have knocked down trees and power lines and dropped large
hail from Charlotte to Hickory.

The Charlotte Observer reported Monday that rain and winds
gusting to about 60 mph were the result of a weak cold front that
moved through the area.

Nearly 20,000 homes and businesses were without electricity at
least temporarily as a result of the storm, which moved across the
area about 6 p.m.

Duke Energy reported nearly 6,000 customers without power and
Energy early Monday.

Lincoln County officials said trees fell on houses and other
buildings near the Lincoln-Catawba county line.

In Iredell County, emergency communications also reported trees
down.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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