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⛈️ Staying ahead of the storm
A road is heavily flooded with waters with trees in the background.
Drivers are cautioned not to drive on flooded roads. | Photo by CLTtoday
While Charlotte may only be an hours-long drive to the Atlantic coast, county officials want you to be prepared when weather strikes at home. The 2024 Atlantic hurricane season runs June 1-Nov. 30, and some forecasts predict a potentially active season.

Mecklenburg County representatives took the opportunity during National Hurricane Preparedness Week (May 5-11) to remind residents on the importance of being prepared before activity in the tropics intensify.

A man in uniform representing Charlotte-Mecklenburg Emergency Management speaks at a podium lined with microphones.

Battalion Chief Robert Graham of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Emergency Management emphasized people to check in on their neighbors during severe weather.

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Photo by CLTtoday

“Charlotte is known as a city that has trees, it’s very green, it’s very lush, but it also floods,” said Chief Robert Graham of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Emergency Management. Chief Graham says tracking storm water runoff may be more unpredictable due to construction projects across Charlotte.

Editor’s note: Weather-related alerts + flood safety information are available via Storm Water Services.

“We encourage residents to get flood insurance. Regular homeowners insurance does not include flood insurance and it can take up to 30 days to start,” said Scierra Richardson, the senior public information officer for Charlotte Mecklenburg Storm Water Services. Richardson added all residents should consider flood insurance — not just those living in city-designated flood plains.

Richardson urged drivers to never risk wading or driving through flooded roads. It doesn’t take a lot of water to do a lot of damage:
  • 1 inch can carry a small vehicle away
  • 2 inches can carry a large vehicle away
  • 6 inches can sweep a person off their feet
A fallen power line covers a wind-damaged road with cars in the background.

Hurricane Hugo caused billions of dollars in damage to the Charlotte area.

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Photo via WCNC

Though some in the Charlotte metro may feel safe ahead of the upcoming hurricane season, Chief Graham referenced Hurricane Hugo, which caused catastrophic damage to the area in September 1989. The storm forever altered the county preparedness for tropical weather. Chief Graham emphasized, “if it happened in the past, it will happen in the future.”
 
Asked
 
When is the 2024 Atlantic hurricane season?

A. January 1-May 31
B. June 1-August 31
C. June 1-November 30
D. September 1-December 31
 
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Events
 
Thursday, May 9
  • Wells Fargo Championship | Thursday, May 9 | Quail Hollow Club, 3700 Gleneagles Rd., Charlotte | $80-$425 | Watch the world’s best golfers compete as tournament play begins at Quail Hollow Club.
  • PXG Tour Truck Experience | Thursday, May 9 | 9 a.m.-6 p.m. | PXG, 7101 MacFarlane Blvd., Ste. 103, Charlotte | Free | Go behind the scenes in PXG’s mobile build shop + meet the team that customizes clubs for the world’s best golfers.
  • Employees Only Bar Takeover | Thursday, May 9 | 6-10 p.m. | Dilworth Tasting Room, 300 E. Tremont Ave., Charlotte | Cost of purchase | Enjoy round two of the NYC-based Employees Only Bar takeover at Dilworth Tasting Room featuring signature cocktails.
  • Wanda Sykes: “Please & Thank You Tour” | Thursday, May 9 | 7:30 p.m. | Ovens Auditorium, 2700 E. Independence Blvd., Charlotte | $49+ | Get ready to laugh as the comedian and actress takes the stage in Charlotte.
Friday, May 10
  • Dustbowl Revival | Friday, May 10 | 7 p.m. | Cain Center for the Arts, 21348 Catawba Ave., Cornelius | $25-$45 | Prepare your ears for a concert packed with folk-rock ballads synced with funk + soul.
  • Charlotte Ballet: Swan Lake | Friday, May 10 | 7:30 p.m. | Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, 420 S. Tryon St., Charlotte | $30-$127 | Enjoy a night at the theater watching the classic ballet tale brought to life on stage.
  • Bad Bunny - Most Wanted Tour | Friday, May 10 | 8 p.m. | Spectrum Center, 333 E. Trade St., Charlotte | $106-$890 | Jam out to the high energy music from the “King of Latin Trap.”
Saturday, May 11
  • (M)others Day 5K and Kids Dash | Saturday, May 11 | 9-11 a.m. | Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Rd., Belmont | $12-$35 | Kick off Mother’s Day weekend with a scenic trail run, post-race refreshments, and discounted access to the gardens.
  • Charlotte Dragon Boat & Asian Festival | Saturday, May 11 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | Ramsey Creek Park on Lake Norman, 18441 Nantz Rd., Cornelius | Free | Become immersed in this annual festival highlighting Asian culture with boat races, music, and food.
  • Spring Wine Festival | Saturday, May 11 | 1-5 p.m. | Ballantyne Village, 14825 Ballantyne Village Way, Charlotte | $30 | Sip and stroll through a massive selection of local, regional, and national wines.
  • Charlotte FC vs. Nashville SC | Saturday, May 11 | 7:30 p.m. | Bank of America Stadium, 800 S Mint St., Charlotte | $15-$197 | Root and cheer as Charlotte FC looks to score another win at home.
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News Notes
 
Weather
  • The Wells Fargo Championship has been delayed due to weather. Today’s tee times for Day 1 of tournament play at Quail Hollow Club will now start at 11 a.m. instead of 7 a.m. (WCNC)
Concert
  • The Wells Fargo Championship Tee-Off Concert kicks off tonight as part of SouthPark After 5. Yacht Rock Schooner takes the stage at Symphony Park by SouthPark Mall starting at 6 p.m. Tickets are on sale now.
Eat
  • Got lunch plans? White Duck Taco Shop is reopening today. The location at 131 E. John St. in Matthews will resume serving tacos, drinks, and chips + dip starting at 11:30 a.m. The restaurant temporarily closed following a fire last summer.
Coming Soon
  • Restoration on Uptown’s historic Carolina Theatre is on track to finish by the end of this year. Construction on the $90 million project has lasted seven years. The location on North Tryon Street is slated to reopen in early 2025. (Charlotte Business Journal)
Charlottean
  • A statue of the late Rev. Billy Graham will be unveiled in the US Capitol on Thursday, May 16. The sculpture will represent the state of North Carolina and was created by Charlotte-based artist, Chas Fagan. (WCCB)
Older Adults
  • A Rock Hill program called “Seniors Helping Seniors” offers adults in their golden years the chance to serve as caregivers for older Charlotte-area seniors. Potential caregivers can sign up now. (WCNC)
Drink
  • Birdsong Brewing will unveil a berry craft beer called “Pink Robots” today. The brewery located at 1016 N. Davidson St. is hosting a pie-eating contest at 6 p.m. to celebrate the release. Entry is $5. The winner will take home a $150-value prize. Sign up now.
Announced
  • Every rose has its thorn. Rock artist Bret Michaels is joining Carowinds’ Summer Music Fest lineup. Poison’s frontman takes the stage Saturday, July 6. Music festival access is free with park admission.
Festival
  • The semi-annual Wild Hope Farm Music Festival returns Saturday, June 1 at Wild Hope Farm in Chester, SC. Guests will enjoy the return of summer farm-fresh food and drinks + live music from 3 to 8 p.m.
Ranked
  • USA Today ranked Concord and Mooresville in the top five best cities to move to in North Carolina. The poll highlighted both cities for entertainment, restaurants, shopping, education, and low crime rates. Charlotte came in at No. 20.
Sports
  • Can the Canes fight back after starting 0-2 vs. the Rangers? Go beyond the scoreboard for the biggest stories on the Carolina Hurricanes with Locked On’s daily, team-focused podcasts.
     
     
    Closing
     
    🍕One last slice
    A restaurant titled "Pizza Peel" stands with an outdoor patio along a busy road.
    The Pizza Peel & Taproom has an outdoor patio for live music performances. | Photo by CLTtoday
    Charlotte foodies may have been taken by surprise while scrolling Instagram this week — Pizza Peel Plaza Midwood announced it’s closing the kitchen.

    “We are profoundly grateful to all our loyal customers for your support over the years,” the Instagram post read.

    The pizza restaurant at 1600 Central Ave. has served hardy 16-inch pies from classic pepperoni toppings to barbecue + buffalo chicken for the last 10 years. Customers have until Saturday, May 11 to savor the last slice from the Plaza Midwood location before the doors close for good.

    So, what’s next? The Improper Pig — a restaurant serving North Carolina-style barbecue + fusion flare is moving in. The opening date remains TBA.

    It’s not really goodbye. The location at 4422 Colwick Rd. in Cotswold will remain open.
     
    The Buy
     
    LED signs. Are you looking for a fun way to brighten up your home? Category6 LED has iconic neon signs scaled down to a size perfect for your at-home bar or game room.
     
    Answered
     
    On Tuesday, we asked “What NC cities did explorer John Lawson help found?”

    After reading about the many exhibits featured at the Charlotte History Museum, here’s what you history buffs guessed:

    52% — Charlotte + Gastonia
    28% — Bath + New Bern
    13% — Raleigh + Chapel Hill
    5% — Greensboro + Winston-Salem

    And the correct answer is...
    Bath + New Bern
     
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    The Wrap
     
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    From the editor
    Heavy storms moved through Charlotte last night. A big thank you to our local meteorologists for keeping us informed + helping us get through it.

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