Wildfires could have a multibillion-dollar impact on Australia's economy

The Australian wildfires that have scarred more than 20 million acres of land also figure to damage the country’s economy. AccuWeather predicts Australia’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2020 will fall nearly one percent from a previously forecasted 2.75 percent growth, according to the Reserve Bank of Australia, to 1.90 percent because of the negative economic impact of the wildfires. Australia’s 2018 GDP was $1.42 trillion U.S. dollars (roughly $2.053 trillion Australian dollars) so the…

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Security cam shows tornado rip up North Central High School

Security cam shows tornado rip up North Central High School

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Newly released security camera footage shows the moment a powerful tornado struck a South Carolina high school over the weekend.  The EF-2 struck around 10:30 on January 11 at North Central High School near the city of Camden.  The video, taken from multiple cameras, shows what it was like inside and around the school when the 130 mile an hour winds came through. The video shows debris flying around a classroom and…

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Kershaw County students return to class after tornado rips through school

Kershaw County students return to class after tornado rips through school

CAMDEN, S.C. — Students and faculty of North Central High School returned for the first day of class on Wednesday, after a tornado ripped through the school’s campus over the weekend. All of the nearly 500 students that attend the school are now being housed at the school district’s former technology training center in Camden. RELATED: Tornado destroyed South Carolina school in less than a minute Described by many as a “new normal,” students and…

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Tornado Tosses Cars, Damages Fields At SC High School

Tornado Tosses Cars, Damages Fields At SC High School

A small tornado tossed around cars and damaged athletics fields outside a South Carolina high school Tuesday, according to National Weather Service officials.  No one was hurt when the twister, with winds estimated as strong as 90 mph, spun past Loris High School during class hours. The school is located in eastern South Carolina, near the North Carolina state line. Photos and video showed cars tossed atop each other outside the school, which did not…

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Tornado hits another South Carolina school

Tornado hits another South Carolina school

LORIS, S.C. — Days after a powerful tornado caused extensive damage to a high school in Kershaw County, another South Carolina school is cleaning up from a tornado. Investigators with the National Weather Service determined an EF-1 with winds of 90 mph hit the campus of Loris High School in Horry County, South Carolina Monday. At 12:44 p.m. Monday, cars in the parking lot were picked up and tossed on top of each other during…

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Possible tornado hits another South Carolina school

Possible tornado hits another South Carolina school

LORIS, S.C. — Days after a powerful tornado caused extensive damage to a high school in Kershaw County, another South Carolina school is cleaning up from a tornado. Investigators with the National Weather Service determined an EF-1 with winds of 90 mph hit the campus of Loris High School in Horry County, South Carolina Monday. At 12:44 p.m. Monday, cars in the parking lot were picked up and tossed on top of each other during…

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Cleanup underway after tornado batters South Carolina high school

Cleanup underway after tornado batters South Carolina high school

It’s going to likely be more than a year before students can return to North Central High School in Kershaw County, South Carolina after an EF-2 tornado badly damaged the campus over the weekend.  Buses, buildings and the school’s football field were all damaged by a storm Saturday. Students are expected to return to school this week, but they’ll attend classes at the new technology center.  The National Guard was called to the school to…

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Carolinas pummeled by Saturday's severe weather

Carolinas pummeled by Saturday's severe weather

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Storms Saturday night ripped through the Carolinas, bringing strong winds and rain, and leaving thousands without power. Buildings were ruined and downed trees impacted roads and homes. In Kershaw County, South Carolina, the National Weather Service confirmed a tornado hit North Central High School around 10:31 p.m. Saturday. School buses smashed into each other, parts of the roof ripped apart, and debris was everywhere. Estimated winds were around 130 miles per hour….

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Tornado Causes Major Damage At South Carolina High School

Tornado Causes Major Damage At South Carolina High School

No injuries were reported Saturday night after a tornado severely damaged a South Carolina high school. The tornado struck North Central High in Kershaw, about 55 miles southeast of Charlotte, as severe weather moved through the Carolinas. The Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office shared photos showing debris strewn throughout the school and buses that were blown into each other by the powerful wind. Images shared by the National Weather Service show twisted pieces of metal, collapsed…

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National Weather Service confirms tornado damaged school in Kershaw County

National Weather Service confirms tornado damaged school in Kershaw County

KERSHAW, S.C. — High winds caused damage to buildings and buses at Kershaw County school Saturday evening. Kershaw County Sheriff Lee Boan said that the damage will take days to repair and could lead to additional off-days for students. RELATED: Severe storms knock out power to thousands in the Midlands, cause damage The school district has been notified and will be assessing the damage today. As of 12:20 p.m. Sunday, a team from the National…

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Tracking severe weather in the Carolinas

Tracking severe weather in the Carolinas

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The First Warn Storm Team is tracking a severe weather threat this evening that could bring damaging wind and an isolated tornado to parts of Charlotte and the Carolinas. A tornado watch is in effect until midnight for counties including Mecklenburg, Avery, Burke, Caldwell, and Cleveland.  A severe thunderstorm warning was issued for Davidson, Forsyth,Guilford and Randolph counties until 11:45 p.m. A severe thunderstorm warning was in effect for Cabarrus, Gaston, Iredell…

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Tornado watch in effect for Mecklenburg County and surrounding area

Tornado watch in effect for Mecklenburg County and surrounding area

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The First Warn Storm Team is tracking a severe weather threat this evening that could bring damaging wind and an isolated tornado to parts of Charlotte and the Carolinas. A tornado watch is in effect until midnight for counties including Mecklenburg, Avery, Burke, Caldwell, and Cleveland.  A severe thunderstorm warning was in effect for Cabarrus, Gaston, Iredell and Mecklenburg counties until 10:30 p.m. It has since expired. A Severe Thunderstorm Warning was…

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Tornado Warning issued for Union County, NC

Tornado Warning issued for Union County, NC

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The First Warn Storm Team is tracking a severe weather threat this evening that could bring damaging wind and an isolated tornado to parts of Charlotte and the Carolinas. A severe thunderstorm warning is in effect for Cabarrus, Gaston, Iredell and Mecklenburg counties until 10:30 p.m. A tornado watch is in effect until midnight for counties including Mecklenburg, Avery, Burke, Caldwell, and Cleveland.  A Severe Thunderstorm Warning was issued for Catawba, Cleveland,…

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Tornado warning issued for Chester, York counties

Tornado warning issued for Chester, York counties

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The First Warn Storm Team is tracking a severe weather threat this evening that could bring damaging wind and an isolated tornado to parts of Charlotte and the Carolinas. A tornado warning was issued for parts of Chester, Union and York Counties until 10 p.m. A tornado watch is in effect until midnight for counties including Mecklenburg, Avery, Burke, Caldwell, and Cleveland. A Severe Thunderstorm Warning was issued for Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston…

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Tornado warning issued for Chester, Union, York counties

Tornado warning issued for Chester, Union, York counties

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The First Warn Storm Team is tracking a severe weather threat this evening that could bring damaging wind and an isolated tornado to parts of Charlotte and the Carolinas. A tornado warning was issued for parts of Chester, Union and York Counties until 10 p.m. A tornado watch is in effect until midnight for counties including Mecklenburg, Avery, Burke, Caldwell, and Cleveland. A Severe Thunderstorm Warning was issued for Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston…

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Tornado warning issued for parts of Chester County

Tornado warning issued for parts of Chester County

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The First Warn Storm Team is tracking a severe weather threat this evening that could bring damaging wind and an isolated tornado to parts of Charlotte and the Carolinas. A tornado warning was issued for parts of Chester County. A tornado watch is in effect until midnight for counties including Mecklenburg, Avery, Burke, Caldwell, and Cleveland. A Severe Thunderstorm Warning was issued for Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston and Lincoln counties until 9:45 p.m.,…

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Tornado watch in place for Mecklenburg County

Tornado watch in place for Mecklenburg County

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The First Warn Storm Team is tracking a severe weather threat this evening that could bring damaging wind and an isolated tornado to parts of Charlotte and the Carolinas. A tornado watch is in effect until midnight for western counties including Mecklenburg, Avery, Burke, Caldwell, and Cleveland. A Severe Thunderstorm Warning was issued for Avery, Burke and Caldwell counties until 8:45 p.m, and for Burke, Caldwell, Cleveland, Rutherford counties until 9:15 p.m….

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Severe weather rolling into the area; several severe thunderstorm warnings in place

Severe weather rolling into the area; several severe thunderstorm warnings in place

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The First Warn Storm Team is tracking a severe weather threat this evening that could bring damaging wind and an isolated tornado to parts of Charlotte and the Carolinas. A tornado watch is in effect until midnight for western counties including Avery, Burke, Caldwell, and Cleveland. Additionally, a severe thunderstorm warning was issued for Ashe, Smyth, Tazewell and Watauga counties until 8:30 p.m. A Severe Thunderstorm Warning was issued for Avery, Burke…

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Severe weather rolling into the area

Severe weather rolling into the area

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The First Warn Storm Team is tracking a severe weather threat this evening that could bring damaging wind and an isolated tornado to parts of Charlotte and the Carolinas. A tornado watch is in effect until midnight for western counties including Avery, Burke, Caldwell, and Cleveland. Additionally, a severe thunderstorm warning was issued for Ashe, Smyth, Tazewell and Watauga counties until 8:30 p.m. The system has been tracking eastward across the southern…

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Tornado watch in effect for western counties

Tornado watch in effect for western counties

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The First Warn Storm Team is tracking a severe weather threat this evening that could bring damaging wind and an isolated tornado to parts of Charlotte and the Carolinas. A tornado watch is in effect until midnight for western counties including Avery, Burke, Caldwell, and Cleveland. The system has been tracking eastward across the southern half of the country since early Friday, where it brought tornadoes and damaging conditions to several states….

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Severe weather brings damaging wind, isolated tornado threat later tonight

Severe weather brings damaging wind, isolated tornado threat later tonight

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The First Warn Storm Team is tracking a severe weather threat this evening that could bring damaging wind and an isolated tornado to parts of Charlotte and the Carolinas. The system has been tracking eastward across the southern half of the country since early Friday, where it brought tornadoes and damaging conditions to several states. This morning, the line is moving through portions of Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, and Tennessee. Today after the…

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Severe weather brings damaging wind, isolated tornado threat Saturday night

Severe weather brings damaging wind, isolated tornado threat Saturday night

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The First Warn Storm Team is tracking a severe weather threat Saturday that could bring damaging wind and an isolated tornado to parts of Charlotte and the Carolinas. The system has been tracking eastward across the southern half of the country since Friday, where it brought tornadoes and damaging conditions to several states. Earlier Saturday, the line is expected to move through portions of Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, and Tennessee. After sunset Saturday,…

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Severe weather threat for damaging wind, isolated tornado Saturday night

Severe weather threat for damaging wind, isolated tornado Saturday night

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The First Warn Storm Team is tracking a severe weather threat Saturday that could bring damaging wind and an isolated tornado to parts of Charlotte and the Carolinas. The system has been tracking eastward across the southern half of the country since Friday, where it brought tornadoes and damaging conditions to several states. Earlier Saturday, the line is expected to move through portions of Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, and Tennessee. After sunset Saturday,…

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As many as 10 states face major threat of severe weather as week progresses

As many as 10 states face major threat of severe weather as week progresses

The weather will take a volatile turn heading into the first weekend of January, with millions of Americans under the threat for severe thunderstorms, including the potential for tornadoes. The threat zone will include major metro areas such as Dallas, Houston, New Orleans and Nashville, likely leading to travel headaches. AccuWeather meteorologists warn that some of the most hazardous weather could occur after dark. “Residents and visitors will need to be extra vigilant, as many…

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Deadly storms, deep freezes, raging wildfires: How 2019's wild weather impacted US

Deadly storms, deep freezes, raging wildfires: How 2019's wild weather impacted US

The final year of the decade once again came with its share of extreme weather events and other natural disasters. But they came with a backdrop of increased global awareness of climate change and the fear that continued warming of the planet could result in weather events that are even more severe. Here is a look back at just some of what our planet endured in the past 12 months. Hurricane Dorian After Puerto Rico,…

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2 tornadoes twist road signs, rip off roof in Central Florida

2 tornadoes twist road signs, rip off roof in Central Florida

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Early morning storms brought a bout of severe weather to parts of Florida, including two tornadoes in the eastern half of the state. The strongest of which was a confirmed EF-1 tornado in Flagler County. At 110 mph, the tornado tore through trees, downed power lines and ripped the roof off a home, according to the National Weather Service in Jacksonville. Most of the damage occurred in the town of Korona,…

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The 2019 US tornado season included an 'extraordinary' occurrence

The 2019 US tornado season included an 'extraordinary' occurrence

A pair of unforgettable tornadoes bookended the 2019 U.S. tornado season, which is effectively over; the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has no reports of tornadoes so far in December. The U.S. tornado season typically runs from March through November or sometimes into early December, although tornadoes can occur at any time. The year’s deadliest event was an EF4 tornado that killed 23 people in Lee County, Alabama, in early March. Tornadoes and their…

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Hurricane Florence survivor can rebuild after winning $50,000 Mega Millions prize

Hurricane Florence survivor can rebuild after winning $50,000 Mega Millions prize

RALEIGH, N.C. — Sometimes, you just need a win.  That’s exactly what a Hurricane Florence victim got.  David Burnette of Newport won $50,000 in the Mega Millions drawing last Friday. He says he plans to repair the damage Hurricane Florence caused to his home.  Burnette bought his ticket at the Handy Mart on Arendell Street in Morehead City. The retiree says he couldn’t believe it when he realized he had a winning ticket.  “I called…

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Hurricane season has ended

Hurricane season has ended

NEW ORLEANS — Hurricane season ended on November 30. The 2019 season was a busy one with 18 named storms. Six of those became hurricanes, and three were major hurricanes with Dorian being the strongest as a category 5 that devastated the Bahamas.  The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season starts on June 1. ► Track the tropics, live updates from Your Local Weather Experts delivered directly to you throughout the hurricane season by downloading the FREE…

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Hurricane season 2019 ends after 18 named storms, 6 hurricanes

Hurricane season 2019 ends after 18 named storms, 6 hurricanes

NEW ORLEANS — This 2019 hurricane season ended on Saturday, November 30. This season brought 18 named storms, including six hurricanes and three major hurricanes. Hurricane Dorian was the strongest storm of the season which devastated the Bahamas. The average numbers for an Atlantic season are 12 named storms, six hurricanes, and three major hurricanes. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicted 10 to 17 named storms. It said five to nine of them would…

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Hurricane season comes to an end

Hurricane season comes to an end

NEW ORLEANS — Hurricane season ends today, November 30th. The 2019 season was a busy one with 18 named storms. Six of those became hurricanes and three were major hurricanes with Dorian being the strongest.  ► Track the tropics, live updates from Your Local Weather Experts delivered directly to you throughout the hurricane season by downloading the FREE WWL-TV News app now in the IOS App Store or Google Play. ‎Stay up-to-date with the latest…

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Wild Cows Roaming Outer Banks Returned Home After Hurricane

Wild Cows Roaming Outer Banks Returned Home After Hurricane

CAPE LOOKOUT — A trio of castaway wild cows have returned home after being found on North Carolina’s Outer Banks, where they apparently washed up after swimming for miles to escape Hurricane Dorian ’s storm surge. The Raleigh News & Observer reports that the cows were returned to their native stomping grounds on Friday after a two-day operation. Officials think the stranded cows swam up to five miles during the September storm before being found near Cape Lookout…

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Tropical Storm Sebastien continues to move away from the U.S.

Tropical Storm Sebastien continues to move away from the U.S.

NEW ORLEANS — Tropical Storm Sebastien is no longer expected to become a hurricane. The storms is starting to feel strong wind shear and dry air. It will continue to move away from the United States as it weakens.  It will remain in the central Atlantic and it is not a threat to land. Elsewhere…the rest of the tropics are quiet. ► Track the tropics, live updates from Your Local Weather Experts delivered directly to…

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Sebastien may become 1st 'S' hurricane in Atlantic since Sandy

Sebastien may become 1st 'S' hurricane in Atlantic since Sandy

While the clock is ticking on Tropical Storm Sebastien before wind shear takes its toll, the storm has the potential to become the seventh hurricane of the 2019 Atlantic season. Thus far, the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season has produced 20 tropical depressions, 18 named storms, six hurricanes and three major hurricanes as of Nov. 21. Already, this season is the most active in terms of named storms since 2012. As of early Thursday morning, Tropical…

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Woman races into wildfire to save the life of a burned koala

Woman races into wildfire to save the life of a burned koala

Masses of koalas remain in danger as Australia’s national bushfire emergency continues with no end in sight. The rapidly spreading fires have laid waste to the koalas’ habitats and scorched massive amounts of land across the eastern portion of the country. Officials report that hundreds of the marsupials have died while the fires around the city of Port Macquarie in New South Wales have topped 2.5 million acres of burned land. Many koalas that have survived…

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Nor'easter's damaging waves, life-threatening flooding expected along Outer Banks

Nor'easter's damaging waves, life-threatening flooding expected along Outer Banks

A powerful coastal storm off the Atlantic coast of the Carolinas this weekend will batter the shoreline with dangerous weather and surf, especially along North Carolina’s Outer Banks. Storm warnings were posted ahead of the storm to warn residents of the impending severe weather. “Confidence is high that this event will occur, and we are expecting significant impacts,” the National Weather Service said in a Saturday morning brief. “Storm force winds and dangerous seas over…

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ICYMI: Cold shatters century-old records, snow creates travel chaos as fires, floods turn catastrophic across the globe

ICYMI: Cold shatters century-old records, snow creates travel chaos as fires, floods turn catastrophic across the globe

It’s not quite winter, but it certainly felt that way amid ridiculously frigid conditions that gripped many spots across the country, breaking records along the way. Those hoping to escape the cold-if they’re not frozen in their tracks first-may want to check out one location where summer never seems to end. Here’s a look back at the week in weather news. Arctic air shatters several record-low temperatures We’re just five weeks out from the end…

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How the cold affects the U.S. tornado forecast

How the cold affects the U.S. tornado forecast

 Aerial image shot by a drone shows a Home Depot store in Dallas, Texas, that was obliterated after a destructive nocturnal tornado ripped through the area on Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019. (SevereStudios / John Humphress) A cold snap brought jarring temperature swings to as many as 200 million Americans accustomed to higher temperatures at this time of year. AccuWeather RealFeel® Temperatures plunged as many as 60 degrees in just 24 hours in some cities. The Arctic…

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'Miracle' dog rescued from Hurricane Dorian rubble meets adopted family

'Miracle' dog rescued from Hurricane Dorian rubble meets adopted family

The breathtaking footage was difficult to see and hard to forget. Video showed an emaciated dog carefully being carried away from hurricane debris by an emotional volunteer after having been trapped for nearly a month beneath an air conditioner. He lived only on rainwater from a mud puddle that his outstretched neck could hardly reach — he survived and the dog next to him did not. Big Dog Ranch Rescue from Loxahatchee, Florida, spent weeks…

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Tropics are quiet as last month of hurricane season starts

Tropics are quiet as last month of hurricane season starts

NEW ORLEANS — The tropics are fairly quiet right now. Subtropical Storm Rebekah continues to churn in the NE Atlantic near the Azores. It should lose its tropical characteristics today and become post-tropical.  There is a cluster of showers and storms about 1000 miles west of the Cabo Verde Islands. It has a low chance to develop into something in the next 2 days. After that, wind shear will be too strong for any development. …

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Severe weather disrupts Halloween

Severe weather disrupts Halloween

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Severe weather is having a major impact on Halloween trick or treating in Charlotte and across the Carolinas.  A line of storms could produce damaging winds, hail, and an isolated tornado. “The timing could not be worse for Halloween trick-or-treating,” First Warn Storm Team Chief Meteorologist Brad Panovich explained. There is a medium-to-high chance of seeing some form of severe weather across the entire region. The line of storms is moving from…

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LIVE: Severe weather on Halloween night

LIVE: Severe weather on Halloween night

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Severe weather is having a major impact on Halloween trick or treating in Charlotte and across the Carolinas.  A line of storms could produce damaging winds, hail, and an isolated tornado. “The timing could not be worse for Halloween trick-or-treating,” First Warn Storm Team Chief Meteorologist Brad Panovich explained. There is a medium-to-high chance of seeing some form of severe weather across the entire region. The line of storms is moving from…

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WATCH LIVE: Panovich says timing could not be worse for severe weather during trick or treating

WATCH LIVE: Panovich says timing could not be worse for severe weather during trick or treating

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Severe weather could have a major impact on Halloween trick or treating in Charlotte and across the Carolinas Thursday.  First Warn Chief Meteorologist Brad Panovich says it won’t be a washout Thursday, but the a line of storms will moving through the area will likely bring severe weather to the Queen City. “The timing could not be worse for trick or treating tomorrow,” Panovich said. “I really think the evening hours will…

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