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Tornado watch issued for Charlotte-Metro, Norman area



CHARLOTTE, NC – A tornado watch is in force in the Charlotte Metro Council on Sunday evening until 19:00, according to the National Weather Service. A flash flood clock is also in power up to 8 p.m.

The Tornado watch is in force for 11 counties in North Carolina, including Mecklenburg, Iredell, Cabarrus, Union and Gaston.

"A strong cold will drive through the area in the afternoon with strong storms expected to progress along and onwards," NWS said in a dangerous prospect bulletin on April 15. "Torrential downpours are expected and lightning flow will be possible over parts of Western Carolinas and northern Georgia. "

A tornado watch means that the conditions are favorable for severe thunderstorms and possibly tornadoes.

North Carolina Emergency Management recommends people to:

  • Feel the terms: WATCH means a tornado is possible. WARNING MEASURES MEASURES: A tornado has been detected; take immediate protection.
  • Know where the nearest safe room is in your home or work.
    • Home – go to the basement under the stairs or to a room on the lower floor, away from windows.
    • Schools, hospitals, offices – go to a small interior room or hall on the lower floor. Avoid long corridors with windows and large open spaces with free-range gymnasiums.
    • High-rise buildings – Go to an inner hall, bathroom or closet and stay away from windows.
    • Modular homes and vehicles – leave immediately and go to a stable building.
  • If you are outdoors, and there is no protection available, take it in a low lying area. Watch out for flying junk.
  • If you drive, you should leave your vehicle immediately to seek safety in a suitable structure. Do not attempt to eradicate a tornado in your vehicle and do not stop during a crossing or bridge.

(A previous title for this story, in fact, a tornado warning was in force, instead of the tornado clock that is in force until 7 pm We regret the error.)