Live: Tornado warnings in Mecklenburg, Cabarrus, and York counties.

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — WCNC Charlotte is tracking severe weather in the Charlotte area and across the Carolinas. 

First Warn Storm Team live coverage:

Saturday night severe weather blog timeline

10:00 p.m.

Tornado Warning issued for Mecklenburg County, including uptown Charlotte and University City area, and western parts of Cabarrus County.

9:45 p.m.

A second storm has prompted a brand new Tornado Warning for York County in South Carolina, and Cleveland and Gaston counties in North Carolina.

Cities inside the warning again include Grover, 

9:40 p.m.

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The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Charlotte and Mecklenburg County.

The storm, the same as the one that had prompted tornado warnings over portions of Cleveland, Gaston, and York Counties, is moving along I-85 into Mecklenburg County.

The storm contains the possibility for 60 mph damaging wind and hail the size of a quarter coin.

The First Warn Storm Team is continuing to track the storm for the possibility that conditions could again warrant a Tornado Warning.

Our team of meteorologists are also continuing to track other severe storms moving along I-85 out of upstate South Carolina. Additional storms are possible in Charlotte, the Piedmont, and across the region through the evening hours.

9:30 p.m.

We are awaiting a decision from the National Weather Service if the Tornado Warning for Gaston County, North Carolina, and northern York County, South Carolina, will be extended eastward. If the warning was to be extended, it could effect portions of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County. Residents should be weather aware and watch for possible severe weather developments.

9:20 p.m.

Hail is falling with these storms. Video from Grover, North  Carolina in Cleveland County showed the hail falling.

9:10 p.m.

The Tornado Warning has been extended into Gaston County, North Carolina, and northern portions of York County, South Carolina until 9:45 p.m.

Cities inside the Tornado Warning include, but are not limited to, Clover, Lake Wylie, Gastonia, and Belmont.

The Tornado Warning for Cleveland County, North Carolina has expired.




A Severe Thunderstorm Warning, for the possibility of hail and damaging wind, has been issued for portions of Caldwell and Burke counties in North Carolina.

8:45 p.m.

The National Weather Service issued a Tornado Warning that included portions of Cleveland County, North Carolina, and York County, South Carolina. The initial warning was scheduled to continue through 9:15 p.m.

While there was no confirmed tornado on the ground, radar-detected rotation near I-85 was moving east at 35 mph.

Areas inside the warning included, but are not limited to, Kings Mountain and Crowder’s Mountain.

Anyone inside the Tornado Warning should seek shelter on the lowest level of a sturdy shelter with as many walls between you and the outside.

What we’re watching:

Charlotte, much of western North Carolina, and upstate South Carolina, have a medium chance of seeing severe weather.

There is a chance for strong-to-severe thunderstorms capable of damaging wind, hail, and possible, isolated tornadoes.

Clouds for much of the day kept the atmosphere stable through the first half of Saturday. As those clouds gave way to late day sun, and as a warm front moved north towards Interstate 85, the chance for severe weather began to increase.

During the early evening hours Saturday, there were numerous severe thunderstorms that prompted Tornado Warnings in upstate South Carolina. Those storms moved northeast along I-85 before moving into the Charlotte area.