Panovich: Storms will bring severe weather threat to Charlotte Friday

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Here we go again. A storm system from the Rocky Mountains is making its way east and will bring the threat of severe weather to the Charlotte area Friday. 

Chief meteorologist Brad Panovich said this system is different than the severe storms that left a trail of damage in the Carolinas last weekend. 

“I think wind is going to be our biggest issue with this event,” Panovich said. “Definitely something we’ll have to watch. There’s a sign that some of these storms could be rotating, but I think damaging straight-line winds will be our big concern as this heads our way.”

Panovich said scattered showers will move into the Charlotte area late Thursday into Friday, with rain likely all day Friday. He expects the stronger storms to reach Charlotte in the middle of the day. 

“Around 1 o’clock the first batches of storms could be severe, especially in South Carolina,” Panovich said.

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First Warn forecaster Larry Sprinkle said some areas south and east of Charlotte could see up to 2 inches of rain, while nearly every area will receive at least a half-inch from the storms. 

Areas in eastern North Carolina and the Pee Dee region of South Carolina will see a higher threat of severe weather based on the current timing, according to Panovich, but that could change depending on if the storms speed up or slow down before moving into the Carolinas.

“If this whole thing slows down and this stuff gets here mid-afternoon to late afternoon, then we’ve got some issues. But right now, it looks like the biggest activity will be to our east,” Panovich explained. 


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