Tornado Watch issued for parts of North Carolina Friday morning

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Iredell-Statesville Schools announced it would be operating on a one-hour delay Friday morning to allow crews to get out and assess the damage from the storm.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A Tornado Watch has been issued until 2 p.m. Friday for parts of North Carolinas into Virginia.

Out Brad Panovich said conditions are favorable for tornadoes along and ahead of this line of storms. 

Clean-up continued Friday after severe storms moved through the Carolinas Thursday night, with another threat for severe weather Monday morning.

Iredell County Fire Services and Emergency Management confirmed four homes, one church and a fellowship hall were damaged Thursday night. One person sustained a minor injury.

Iredell-Statesville Schools also announced it would be operating on a one-hour delay Friday morning to allow crews to get out and assess the damage from the storm.

All Charlotte-area counties were no longer under tornado warnings as of 8:45 p.m. Iredell County’s warning issued by the National Weather Service (NWS) expired at that time, the last of a handful of counties that faced warnings. A previous warning for Catawba County was canceled at 7:48 p.m. A warning for Alexander County was canceled just before 8:20 p.m.

Residents in these areas were urged to immediately seek shelter. For all future days you need to be weather aware, ensure you have a battery-powered radio, supplies, and chargers in your safe zone. If you’re curious about how to find a safe place, here’s a good guide.

Tornado warnings in Caldwell County and Wilkes County expired at 6:30 p.m. Cleveland County was canceled around 6:50 p.m.

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Burke County was under a warning that expired at 5:45 p.m., and Cleveland County was under a warning that expired closer to 5:30 p.m. Lincoln County’s warning was canceled at 5:15 p.m. 

Northwestern Gaston County and western Lincoln County were both under a tornado warning during this string of severe afternoon storms, but that warning expired at 5 p.m.

If you safely take photos or videos of the severe storms in your area, use the Near Me feature in WCNC Charlotte’s app to send them to us or text them to 704-329-3600. Just make sure to say where you took the photo or video so WCNC Charlotte Weather Team’s Chief Meteorologist Brad Panovich can add it to his reporting.

As severe storms moved through the Carolinas, power outages in the thousands started to roll in, reflecting the possible damage from the high winds.

PHOTOS: A look outside as tornado warnings crossed the Charlotte area on May 26, 2022

The WCNC Charlotte Weather Team wants you to stay safe and informed when there are Weather Aware days. Continue to pay close attention to our newscasts, app and streaming platforms when severe weather is in your area.

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The Charlotte region is also at risk of severe weather Friday morning, with the threat of damaging winds, isolated tornadoes and flash flooding, according to Chief Meteorologist Brad Panovich. Just like Thursday, the highest impacts include gusty winds and heavy rain. A spin-up tornado and small hail will be a possibility as well 

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The severe weather Thursday and Friday comes just days after two tornadoes touched down in the Charlotte area during Monday’s severe weather outbreak, including one near Reedy Creek in Mecklenburg County

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