The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch in effect until 11 p.m. for 16 counties in the foothills and Piedmont of North Carolina, including McDowell.
The watch also includes nine counties in upstate South Carolina.
The following is the report from the National Weather Service:
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED TORNADO WATCH 688 IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 PM EDT THIS EVENING FOR THE FOLLOWING AREAS IN NORTH CAROLINA THIS WATCH INCLUDES 16 COUNTIES IN PIEDMONT NORTH CAROLINA ALEXANDER CABARRUS CATAWBA CLEVELAND DAVIE GASTON IREDELL LINCOLN MECKLENBURG ROWAN UNION IN WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA BURKE CALDWELL MCDOWELL POLK RUTHERFORD IN SOUTH CAROLINA THIS WATCH INCLUDES 9 COUNTIES IN UPSTATE SOUTH CAROLINA ABBEVILLE CHEROKEE CHESTER GREENVILLE GREENWOOD LAURENS SPARTANBURG UNION YORK THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF ABBEVILLE, ADVANCE, ASHFORD, BEREA, BETHLEHEM, BLACKSTOCK, CALHOUN FALLS, CATAWBA, CHARLOTTE, CHESTER, CLINTON, COLUMBUS, CONCORD, CORNWELL, CROUSE, DYSARTSVILLE, ELLENDALE, FARMINGTON, FERO, FOREST CITY, FOR K CHURCH, FORK SHOALS, GAFFNEY, GASTONIA, GLENWOOD, GRANITE FALLS, GREAT FALLS, GREENVILLE, GREER, HICKORY, HIDDENITE, HUNTERSVILLE, INDIAN TRAIL, KANNAPOLIS, KINGS CREEK, KINGS MOUNTAIN, LAKE ADGER, LAURENS, LENOIR, LINCOLNTON, MARION, MATTHEWS, MAULDIN, MILL SPRING, MILLERSVILLE, MOCKSVILLE, MONARCH MILLS, MONROE, MOORESVILLE, MORGANTON, NEBO, NEWTON, NINETY SIX, PATTERSON, PLEASANT GROVE, ROCK HILL, RUTHERFORDTON, SALISBURY, SALUDA, SAWMILLS, SHELBY, SIMPSONVILLE, SPARTANBURG, SPINDALE, ST. STEPHENS, STATESVILLE, STONY POINT, SUGAR HILL, TAYLORS, TAYLORSVILLE, TRINITY, TRYON, UNION, VALDESE, WARE SHOALS, AND WEDDINGTON.
* AFFECTED AREAS: ALEXANDER, NC ... CALDWELL, NC ... SPARTANBURG, SC ... LAURENS, SC ... MECKLENBURG, NC ... BURKE, NC ... CLEVELAND, NC ... CABARRUS, NC ... GASTON, NC ... CHEROKEE, SC ... GREENWOOD, SC ... UNION, NC ... CATAWBA, NC ... GREENVILLE, SC ... LINCOLN, NC ... DAVIE, NC ... ROWAN, NC ... IREDELL, NC ... MCDOWELL, NC ... RU THERFORD, NC ... POLK, NC ... CHESTER, SC ... UNION, SC ... ABBEVILLE, SC ... YORK, SC