Tornado Watch Issued For Charlotte-Metro, Lake Norman Areas

CHARLOTTE, NC — A tornado watch is in effect in the Charlotte-metro area Sunday evening until 7 p.m., according to the National Weather Service. A flash flood watch is also in effect until 8 p.m. for the area.

The tornado watch is in effect for 11 counties in North Carolina, including Mecklenburg, Iredell, Cabarrus, Union, and Gaston counties.

A strong cold front will push through the area this afternoon, with strong storms expected to develop along and ahead of the front,” NWS said in a hazardous outlook bulletin April 15. “Torrential downpours are expected, and flash flooding will be possible across portions of the western Carolinas and northeast Georgia.”

A tornado watch means conditions are favorable for severe thunderstorms and possibly tornadoes. Hail up to the size of a quarter is also possible, as are wind gusts up…