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...A STRONG THUNDERSTORM WILL IMPACT NORTHEASTERN MCDOWELL...SOUTHEASTERN MITCHELL AND WEST CENTRAL BURKE COUNTIES UNTIL 3:45 PM EDT...

At 3:16 PM EDT, Doppler radar was tracking a strong thunderstorm 6 miles south of Spruce Pine, moving east at 10 mph.

Locations to be impacted include...B.R. Parkway-Little Switzerland To Linville, Ashford, Little Switzerland, North Cove and Woodlawn.

Wind gusts up to 40 mph, pea size hail and very heavy rainfall rates up to 2 inches per hour will be possible in these areas.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

This storm may intensify, so be certain to monitor local radio and tv stations, as well as local cable tv outlets for additional information and possible warnings from the National Weather Service.