NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE

...A STRONG THUNDERSTORM WITH INTENSE LIGHTNING WILL IMPACT SOUTHWESTERN MCDOWELL COUNTY UNTIL 3:00 PM EDT...

At 2:15 PM EDT, Doppler radar was tracking a strong thunderstorm with intense lightning 9 miles west of Marion, or near Old Fort. This storm was nearly stationary.

Locations to be impacted include...Old Fort.

In addition to intense lightning, wind gusts up to 40 mph and pea size hail will be possible in these areas.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

Torrential rainfall may flood areas with poor drainage, such as ditches and underpasses. Avoid these areas and do not cross floodedroads. Water levels of small streams may also rise rapidly. Seek higher ground if threatened by flood waters.

Frequent lightning is occurring with this storm. If outdoors, try to get indoor s or into a hard topped vehicle. Otherwise, stay away from open areas and isolated high objects such as trees. When indoors, stay away from windows and doors and avoid using wired electronic devices. Do not take a shower or bath. Try to unplug unnecessary appliances before the storm approaches.