The Charlotte metro area is back under a severe thunderstorm watch until 10 p.m. after an earlier warning expired at 9:45 p.m. Thursday. Tornado warnings for the area also expired.
At 8:45 p.m., severe thunderstorms were located along a line stretching south of Yadkinville 7 miles west of Mocksville 9 miles north of Huntersville 11 miles southwest of downtown Charlotte, moving north -is at 30 mph, according to the NWS.
Quarter-size, 60mph hail gusts were possible, the NWS said.
Tornado warnings were issued early Thursday evening for areas around Mecklenburg County, including Iredell, Alexander, Catawba, Cleveland and Gaston counties.
Cherryville resident Austin Edwards filmed a funnel cloud over Mooresboro in Cleveland County, which WCNC chief meteorologist Brad Panovich and NWS Greer’s office retweeted Thursday afternoon.
And WBTV chief meteorologist Al Conklin tweeted hail video recorded by Shelby resident Sharina Byers.
At 9 p.m., Charlotte airport experienced 93 delays in two hours, according to FlightAware.com, which tracks flights at the nations airports. Only three flights were canceled, the site reported.
Duke Energy saw no big Power outages in the Charlotte area Thursday evening.
At 9:15 p.m., Iredell-Statesville Schools announced a an hour late friday due to reports of “extensive damage and downed trees affecting our campuses”.
The delay will allow school system crews “to assess any damage or impediments affecting our bus routes,” according to a press release from Iredell-Statesville. “At daybreak, our team will reassess the situation and make an additional call if necessary.”
Tornado in Charlotte this week
The tornado touched down near Burnt Umber Drive, just south of Reedy Creek Park in east Charlotte, around 1:37 p.m., according to a preliminary report Tuesday. He headed northeast along a 10-mile path toward the Camelot neighborhood in the Cabarrus County town of Harrisburg, the report said.
The tornado “lifted” near Rocky River Elementary School in Concord around 1:51 p.m., according to the report.
EF-1 is the second least intense rating of the six tornadoes based on the Improved Fujita scale for potential damage caused.
The NWS also confirmed a The EF-0 tornado touched down in Chester County near Great Falls High School on Monday evening. The tornado was on the ground for about four-tenths of a mile near Dewitt Road between the school and Interstate 77, the weather service reported Wednesday. The tornado was only 25 meters wide.
Memorial Day Weekend Outlook
Showers and thunderstorms have a 90% chance of persisting until around 2 p.m. Friday, when bad weather is expected to leave the area, NWS meteorologists said. Friday’s high could also reach 80 degrees, according to forecasts.
Friday night is expected to be partly cloudy and Memorial Day weekend all sunny, with respective highs of 82 on Saturday, 86 on Sunday, 88 on Memorial Day and low 90s on Tuesday and Wednesday, according to the NWS.
This story was originally published May 26, 2022 11:33 a.m.