Weather Aware: Severe storms possible to start your Wednesday, Chester County under Tornado Watch

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A strong cold front with a history of widespread damage looks to fuel more strong thunderstorms during the overnight hours.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A line of strong thunderstorms could produce severe weather in the Charlotte area early Wednesday morning, with WCNC Charlotte Chief Meteorologist Brad Panovich saying it’s a day to be Weather Aware

Chester County, South Carolina, is under a Tornado Watch until 8 a.m.

Since you will need to take precautions before going to bed, now is a good time to bring in anything that could blow around from this quick-moving storm system.

Panovich said the biggest threat will be damaging winds overnight, but you can’t rule out an isolated tornado as these storms push through the Carolinas. The storms are expected to move into the Carolinas late Tuesday night, and the Charlotte area is at risk for severe weather between approximately 2 a.m. and 8 a.m. 

According to Panovich, the line is expected to roll into the North Carolina mountains by midnight on Tuesday night. 

“For the mountains, midnight to 3 a.m. is your timeframe for these storms,” Panovich said. “For the Piedmont, we’re looking at a timeframe of maybe 3 a.m. to 6 a.m., with 6 a.m. plus or minus two hours being the main timeframe to watch.”

Storm timing

  • Mountains: Midnight – 3 a.m. 
  • Foothills: 2 a.m. – 5 a.m. 
  • Charlotte metro: 3 a.m. – 6 a.m. 
  • East of Charlotte: 6 a.m. – 9 a.m. 

Storm threats

Some storms could be strong enough to produce severe, damaging winds. While the tornado risk is low, Panovich said you can’t rule them out entirely. 

“Definitely charge up your phone and have the volume turned up tonight because we could have some overnight and early morning storms that could pose some issues,” Panovich said. 

The threat of storms will come at a time when most people will be sleeping. Devices like a NOAA weather radio can act like a smoke detector by sounding an audible alarm if and when a severe storm approaches your location. Severe weather alerts will also appear on all WCNC Charlotte platforms, including the WCNC Charlotte’s mobile app.

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Storm damage elsewhere

This same line of storms produced severe weather west of the Carolinas on Monday and Tuesday. The storm system has prompted storm warnings in locations such as Oklahoma on Monday. The line pushes east through Tennessee and Georgia Tuesday before moving into North Carolina and South Carolina during those predawn hours on Wednesday. 

In Kentucky and Indiana, tornadoes are being blamed for storm damage. 

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Photos of storm damage from Kentucky and Indiana:

Some of the storms could still be around during Wednesday morning’s rush hour commute. The storm threat moves into the coastal areas of the Carolinas later Wednesday.

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Panovich will be tracking the developing forecast on WCNC Charlotte Tuesday night. Larry Sprinkle will have updates throughout the storm threat on Wednesday morning.

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