The National Weather Service briefly issued a tornado warning for McDowell after a twister was reportedly spotted in Rutherford County, according to emergency radio traffic. That warning has been cancelled. A tornado watch is in effect until 8 p.m.
Multiple trees have been reported down in McDowell County, including a tree on a house on Marion Street. Wrecks have been reported on I-40.
Around 650 Duke Energy customers in McDowell were without power at 4 p.m., according to the utility's outage map.
This is a developing story.