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Heavy rain continues after Charlotte tornado

By Steve Lyttle and Cleve R. Wootson Jr.
slyttle@charlotteobserver.com
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    Davie Hinshaw - dhinshaw@charlotteobserver.com
    A woman braves the rain on West Boulevard early Thursday, May 14, 2014.
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    Davie Hinshaw - dhinshaw@charlotteobserver.com
    West Morehead Street is closed because of a downed tree near Julian Price Place early Thursday, May 14, 2014.
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    Davie Hinshaw - dhinshaw@charlotteobserver.com
    The Charlotte Fire Department works to clear part of a tree blocking Remount Road near Barringer Drive early Thursday, May 14, 2014.

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    Charlotte-Mecklenburg police reported storm damage or flooding in these locations at 7:35 a.m.:

    Bradford Drive at Freedom Drive

    Seigle Avenue

    Morehead Street at Julian Price Place

    Barringer Drive at Remount Road

    North Tryon Street at Salome Church Road



A line of thunderstorms moved across Charlotte on Thursday, triggering a weak tornado eight miles southwest of uptown and severe weather warnings throughout the day.

The tornado – the lowest on the intensity scale – struck at 6:46 a.m. with winds between 80 and 85 mph. It was about 30 yards wide and stayed on the ground for two-thirds of a mile, said Scott Krentz, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

No one was reported injured in connection with the tornado, although siding was ripped from one commercial building and windows broken in another.

The tornado came in the midst of a thunderstorm that moved south to north across west Charlotte around 7 a.m. knocking down trees and causing widespread, but light, damage.

A second tornado warning was issued in the late afternoon and canceled around 4:20 p.m. after the storm’s rotation dissipated.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg School officials instructed schools to delay dismissals and bus routes until the tornado warning had ended. A number of CMS schools, especially middle schools, have dismissals around 4 p.m.

A flash flood watch is in effect until 6 a.m. Friday for the entire Charlotte region.

Clearing is forecast early Friday, with highs in the mid 70s both Friday and Saturday.

Lyttle: 704-358-6107; Twitter: @slyttle
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