Heavy rains in Brazil cause flooding, landslides; 30 killed

Heavy rains in Brazil cause flooding, landslides; 30 killed

RIO DE JANEIRO — Two days of heavy rains caused flooding and landslides in southeast Brazil that have killed at least 30 people, authorities said Saturday. Civil Defense officials said 17 people are listed as missing and 2,600 were evacuated from their houses in Minas Gerais state, which has been buffeted by 48 hours of torrential rains. The death toll had stood at 11 earlier Saturday. Deaths were reported in the capital of Belo Horizonte…

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One dead after crash in Florence County

One dead after crash in Florence County

Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Car crash (Photo: MGN) (WPDE) – Cpl. Sonny Collins of South Carolina Highway Patrol says one person is dead after a crash in Florence County. It happened on Highway 301, near Red Rd. Around 9:45 p.m. Friday, Collins says a Ford Fusion was headed north, when it ran off the right side of the road, and hit the rear of a commercial vehicle that was legally parked. – Advertisement…

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Celebrating Rod Brind'Amour: 20 years since his trade to the Carolina Hurricanes

RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) — Rod Brind’Amour had a vague notion about North Carolina growing up, “I watched the NC State win, Jim Valvano, I think I was 11 or 12 or something. I remember watching that and then everyone on my street playing basketball was trying to be Michael Jordan.” Brind’Amour certainly never envisioned living in North Carolina though, especially once his NHL career had landed him in Philadelphia. He was a Flyer through and…

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Celebrating Rod Brind'Amour: 20 years since his trade to the Hurricanes

Celebrating Rod Brind'Amour: 20 years since his trade to the Hurricanes

RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) — Rod Brind’Amour had a vague notion about North Carolina growing up, “I watched the NC State win, Jim Valvano, I think I was 11 or 12 or something. I remember watching that and then everyone on my street playing basketball was trying to be Michael Jordan.” Brind’Amour certainly never envisioned living in North Carolina though, especially once his NHL career had landed him in Philadelphia. He was a Flyer through and…

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3 US firefighters killed in plane crash while battling Australian wildfires

3 US firefighters killed in plane crash while battling Australian wildfires

SYDNEY — Three Americans were killed when a C-130 Hercules aerial water tanker crashed while battling wildfires in the Snowy Monaro region of Australia’s southern New South Wales state. New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian confirmed the deaths and crash in comments to reporters as Australia attempts to deal with an unprecedented fire season that has left a large swath of destruction. Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons says all three aboard were U.S. residents….

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3 US firefighters killed in plane crash while battling Australian wildfires, officials say

3 US firefighters killed in plane crash while battling Australian wildfires, officials say

SYDNEY — Three Americans were killed when a C-130 Hercules aerial water tanker crashed while battling wildfires in the Snowy Monaro region of Australia’s southern New South Wales state. New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian confirmed the deaths and crash in comments to reporters as Australia attempts to deal with an unprecedented fire season that has left a large swath of destruction. Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons says all three aboard were U.S. residents….

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3 US firefighters killed in plane crash while battling wildfires in Australia, officials say

3 US firefighters killed in plane crash while battling wildfires in Australia, officials say

SYDNEY — Three Americans were killed when a C-130 Hercules aerial water tanker crashed while battling wildfires in the Snowy Monaro region of Australia’s southern New South Wales state. New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian confirmed the deaths and crash in comments to reporters as Australia attempts to deal with an unprecedented fire season that has left a large swath of destruction. Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons says all three aboard were U.S. residents….

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Australian restaurant bakes pizza longer than a football field to raise money for firefighters battling wildfires

Australian restaurant bakes pizza longer than a football field to raise money for firefighters battling wildfires

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA (WTVD) — An Italian restaurant in Australia baked a 338-foot pizza to raise money for firefighters battling the devastating wildfires across the continent. The owners of Pellegrini’s, a restaurant in Sydney, said they baked the 16-inch wide and 338-foot long pizza in a conveyor oven Sunday before slicing it into 4,000 pieces. RELATED: Australia fires: Here’s how to help firefighters, victims, animals The pizza was longer than a US football field, which is…

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Man pleads no contest to sexually assaulting woman during Hurricane Florence

Man pleads no contest to sexually assaulting woman during Hurricane Florence

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A man facing several sexual assault charges for a crime that happened during Hurricane Florence appeared in New Hanover County court on Tuesday. Benjamin DiCicco, 43, was arrested and charged with rape and kidnapping on September 17, 2018. According to the New Hanover County District Attorney’s Office, DiCicco pleaded no contest to kidnapping and sexual battery. A judge sentenced DiCicco to a minimum of three and a half years…

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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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16 months later, Bellevue Cemetery finally moving past Florence

16 months later, Bellevue Cemetery finally moving past Florence

After a grim post-storm outlook, community support and dedicated volunteers help restore historic cemetery WILMINGTON – Save for the hum of cars winding by on Princess Place Drive, it’s all quiet at Bellevue Cemetery – and it’s caretakers are immensely grateful for it. Nearly a year and a half ago, Hurricane Florence ripped through the region and ravaged the 32-acre historic cemetery. The destructive storm drowned the staff’s landscaping equipment in Burnt Mill Creek, knocked…

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Dust storms and golf ball-sized hail are battering southeastern Australia

Dust storms and golf ball-sized hail are battering southeastern Australia

By Jessie Yeung, CNN Parts of southeastern Australia are being pelted by hailstones the size of golf balls, big enough to smash car windows and injure birds, less than 24 hours after the region was hit by massive dust storms. The hailstorms arrived in the national capital Canberra on Monday afternoon, covering the ground with white balls of ice and leaves that have been stripped from trees. People ran for cover, and drivers pulled off…

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Floods kill at least 6 in southern Brazil

Floods kill at least 6 in southern Brazil

RIO DE JANEIRO — At least six people have died and at least one more was missing Sunday following torrential rains in southern Brazil, authorities said. Meteorologists said nearly 250 millimeters (10 inches) of rain devastated parts of Espiritu Santo state starting Friday, though the rains had tapered off by Sunday. State firefighters reported three dead in the town of Alfredo Chaves and three others in Iconha, where at least one woman was missing. Rescue…

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UNC journalism students visit Bahamas months after Hurricane Dorian

UNC journalism students visit Bahamas months after Hurricane Dorian

By Payton Tysinger, TV News Production Assistant at WRAL Payton Tysinger and Jilly Kuehn, both broadcast journalism students at UNC-Chapel Hill, are visiting Marsh Harbor in the Bahamas’ Abaco Islands to see firsthand how residents are recovering months after Hurricane Dorian. This is their first report. Abaco Islands, Bahamas — Hurricane Dorian made landfall in Marsh Harbor on Sept. 1. Nearly five months later, the residents are still living among the rubble that was their…

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Warehouse filled with Hurricane Maria supplies discovered in Puerto Rico; Government official ousted

Warehouse filled with Hurricane Maria supplies discovered in Puerto Rico; Government official ousted

A Puerto Rican emergency management official was ousted after a warehouse was discovered with supplies dating back to Hurricane Maria. A video posted to Facebook shows a warehouse in Ponce filled with thousands of cases of water and other much-needed supplies that are believed to have dated back to the hurricane that struck the island in 2017 With this new discovery, Puerto Rico Governor Wanda Vazquez has dismissed Carlos Acevedo, the director of Puerto Rico’s…

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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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Orton Plantation announces hurricane debris prescribed burn

Orton Plantation announces hurricane debris prescribed burn

Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Smoke from a prescribed burn at Orton Plantation in Brunswick County could be seen at least as far away as the Pine Valley area of Wilmington on March 10, 2016. (Photo: Jessica Viox) WINNABOW, NC (January 17, 2020) – Orton Plantation will conduct some small controlled burns in January and February. According to a press release, these small burns will address Hurricane Dorian debris clean up and will be…

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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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Surveillance video shows tornado flipping cars in South Carolina high school parking lot

Surveillance video shows tornado flipping cars in South Carolina high school parking lot

LORIS, South Carolina — Surveillance video from a high school in South Carolina shows the moments when a tornado swept through flipping the cars in the parking lot. The EF-1 tornado with 90 mph winds swept across Loris High School on Monday, January 13, according to the National Weather Service. Video from a security camera at the school shows the twister lifting up and turning over several cars in the parking lot while flinging minor…

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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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Army Corps to award 2 Pender Co. beaches $237M for storm damage

Army Corps to award 2 Pender Co. beaches $237M for storm damage

Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Surf City Dunes January 2019 (Photo: Town of Surf City/Facebook) NORTH TOPSAIL BEACH, NC (AP) — The Army Corps of Engineers will award $281 million to a North Carolina city and county heavily impacted by Hurricanes Matthew and Florence. State Senators Thom Tillis and Richard Burr announced in a statement Monday that the Corps will release $237 million to Surf City/North Topsail Beach and $44.5 million to Carteret County…

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Local meteorologist travels to Australia to help fight wildfires

Local meteorologist travels to Australia to help fight wildfires

Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Terry Lebo (pictured third from left, front row) (Photo: NWS Wilmington) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A local meteorologist is headed to Australia to help forecasters there as wildfires continue to burn across the country. Incident Meteorologist Terry Lebo at the National Weather Service in Wilmington will help the Bureau of Meteorology with fire weather forecasting support to help protect life and property with their unprecedented wildfires. – Advertisement –…

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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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Possible tornadoes reported in the Carolinas Monday afternoon

Possible tornadoes reported in the Carolinas Monday afternoon

Damage from the possible tornado touchdown in Loris, Jan. 13, 2020. (Photo: Jordie Brotherton/WPDE) CAROLINAS (WWAY/WPDE) — Severe weather caused damage to two schools in the Carolinas Monday afternoon — one in Clinton and another in Loris, SC. A line of strong storms moved through Sampson County around 1:50 p.m., possibly producing a tornado. Around 2:45 p.m., Sampson County posted on Facebook that emergency officials have responded to a partial roof collapse at the Union…

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Storm damages school roof in Sampson County, 3 students injured

Storm damages school roof in Sampson County, 3 students injured

SAMPSON COUNTY, N.C. (WTVD) — Storms moving through Sampson County damaged the roof of the gym at Union Intermediate Elementary School while students were in the building. A spokesperson for Sampson County Schools said part of the roof near the back part of the school’s gym blew off. Children were in the gym at the time, but they ran the other way as some debris flew in. Three children were taken to the hospital. The…

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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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Tornado hits school as strong winds, heavy rain rip through Carolinas

Tornado hits school as strong winds, heavy rain rip through Carolinas

Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter CHARLOTTE, NC (WSOC) — Powerful storms ripped through the Charlotte region and beyond Saturday night, bringing strong winds, rain and leaving thousands without power. Officials said several fallen trees were reported across the region as well. – Advertisement – No injuries were reported in the Charlotte area from Saturday’s storms. In Kershaw County, South Carolina, the National Weather Service confirmed a tornado hit North Central High School. Crews on…

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NC non-profit sews pouches for animals impacted by Australian wildfires

NC non-profit sews pouches for animals impacted by Australian wildfires

WEAVERVILLE, N.C. (WTVD) — A Buncombe County nonprofit is putting their sewing machines to work to churn out pouches to help save baby kangaroos, wallabies, koalas and wombats in Australia. After hearing of the tragic wildfires in Australia, a group at 5 Little Monkeys Quilt & Sew in Weaverville called “Grateful Threads” has started sewing pouches for the marsupials impacted. Marsupials are a species of mammals that carry their young in a pouch. The owner…

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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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New roof, enduring history: Burgwin-Wright House renovated after Florence

The 250-year-old house and staple of historic Wilmington is getting a new roof, shutters after damage from Florence in 2018 WILMINGTON – Finding a contractor to complete restorations to a 250-year-old home can be a trying process. Joy Allen, executive director of the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America’s North Carolina chapter, faced an uphill battle when she started reaching out about the necessary renovations to the Burgwin-Wright House in downtown Wilmington. Like…

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Severe weather threat diminishing for central NC, scattered showers continue

Severe weather threat diminishing for central NC, scattered showers continue

A line of showers and storms is moving rapidly through the region early this morning. There have been numerous Severe Thunderstorm Warnings issued and two Tornado Warnings were issued for parts of Cumberland and Hoke counties, but fortunately there were no reports of a tornado. The line of storms was weakening and should be out of the viewing area by 2 a.m. A few scattered showers will continue overnight, and it will stay very warm…

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Severe risk of tornadoes, rain, thunderstorms for the Triangle overnight

Severe risk of tornadoes, rain, thunderstorms for the Triangle overnight

Storm system this afternoon across the Tennessee Valley will continue to track off to the northeast towards the Ohio Valley. This will send a surface cold front through the region later tonight. Winds will increase throughout the night as this system moves to the east, it will bring a line of showers and a thunderstorm to the region later tonight. There can be some locally gusty, damaging winds as the line moves through as the…

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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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Sydney Opera House illuminates for those combating Australia wildfires

Sydney Opera House illuminates for those combating Australia wildfires

BURRAGATE, Australia — A firefighter was killed by a falling tree while battling the Australian wildfire crisis overnight and the prime minister on Sunday said his government was adapting and building resilience to the fire danger posed by climate change. Bill Slade – one of the few professionals among mainly volunteer brigades battling blazes across southeast Australia – died on Saturday near Omeo in eastern Victoria state, Forest Fire Management Victoria Executive Director Chris Hardman…

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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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