Charlotte Area Under Tornado Watch Until 8 p.m.
CHARLOTTE, N.C.-- Severe weather is expected to hit the Charlotte area today, bringing heavy rain and damaging winds.
A tornado watch has been issued for the Charlotte area until 8 p.m.
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A strong line of storms will start in the mountains around lunchtime and move from west to east across the region, landing east of Charlotte around 9 p.m.
There is also a Flood Watch out for the mountains, with potential for 2-3 inches of rain. There is less of a threat east of the mountains, with about an inch of rain moving quickly through the area.
Damaging winds are considered to be the biggest threat of these storms. There are already reports of fallen trees in Burke County. With such strong winds coming this way, it is important to be prepared. Isolated tornadoes are a possibility in these conditions.
Near record high temperatures are expected in the mid 70s. The current record is 78° set back in 2002.