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Possible tornado strikes south Charlotte

The winds on Wednesday night pushed this tractor-trailer on its side near the 2300 block of Westinghouse Boulevard, near South Tryon Street.
The winds on Wednesday night pushed this tractor-trailer on its side near the 2300 block of Westinghouse Boulevard, near South Tryon Street. WBTV

A National Weather Service team will head to south Charlotte on Thursday morning to investigate reports that a tornado touched down near Arrowood Road on Wednesday, NWS meteorologist Jeff Taylor said.

“The only information we have is from reports on social media,” Taylor said at 7:30 p.m.

A tornado was reported to have touched down at about 6:45 p.m., he said.

The weather service tweeted 15 minutes earlier that a possible tornado was developing near Interstate 485 southwest of Charlotte and could cross Interstate 77 through 7 p.m. An alert sent to mobile phones urged residents to seek shelter immediately.

Photos and videos posted online showed damage to the Microsoft complex on Arrowood Road.

Medic reported treating a person for potentially life-threatening injuries after a tractor-trailer rolled over in the 2300 block of Westinghouse Boulevard in south Charlotte during the storm. Medic took the person to Carolinas Medical Center.

The team from the NWS office in Greer, S.C., will survey damage and determine whether a tornado or straight-line winds struck south Charlotte, Taylor said.

NWS officials also will survey damage around Simpsonville in Greenville County, S.C., according to Taylor, who is based in the NWS office in Greer.

Between one-tenth and a quarter-inch of rain was expected to fall in Charlotte on Wednesday night, before sunshine was forecast to return on Thursday with a probable high of 62.

VIDEO: Carissa Speed photographed a funnel cloud touching down near Kittrell, NC north of Raleigh Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 24, 2016.

If your area is under a tornado warning, then you may only have a few minutes to get to safety. Here are the actions you should take during a tornado.

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067, @jmarusak

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