Severe Weather Moving Through Charlotte Area Friday Afternoon, Evening

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Much of central North and South Carolina remains under a tornado watch as severe storms barrel up the east coast. Forecasters say the Charlotte metro area and the North Carolina foothills are at a high risk of damaging winds, possible tornadoes, and severe hail this afternoon and early evening. 

The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for much of Union County, N.C. including Monroe, Fairveiw and Marshville for this afternoon. 

Severe thunderstorm warnings have also been issued for parts of the mountains, including Hendersonville and East Flat Rock, and flash flood warnings are in effect for areas near Franklin, Bryson City, Brevard, and Cedar Mountain.  

The storm has already been blamed for the death of a 8-year-old girl in Florida when a tree blew into a home earlier today. The storm has also left more than 100,000 people without power across Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas.