Heavy thunderstorms with tremendous downpours of rain and high winds were also reported in other areas. At 4:30 PM winds of 50 mph were reported near High Shoals. In the area of Granite Falls, just north of Hickory, the public indicated seeing a tornado at 4:35 PM. There was heavy flooding of some roadways in southern Burke County. At 4:44 PM, the severe weather was just beginning to impact the eastern area of Lincoln County around Highway 16.
For those not affected at this time, there is still the possibility of severe thunderstorms and/or tornadoes for several more hours, although this particular line of storms is moving rapidly northeastward and will likely be gone before 6 PM. If you must be out and about, be ready to take cover.
A Tornado WATCH remains in effect until 9 PM.
Additionally, the National Weather Service issued a Flood Advisory for areas of eastern Lincoln County as well as eastern Gaston County until 11 PM. Heavy rain had fallen in some areas and more was possible.
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