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Severe storm threat returns to Charlotte area late Wednesday

A man died in Union County, S.C., when storms flipped his mobile home several times at about 3:30 p.m. Monday. The home was on Eaves Road near Whitemire Highway.
A man died in Union County, S.C., when storms flipped his mobile home several times at about 3:30 p.m. Monday. The home was on Eaves Road near Whitemire Highway. WBTV

Severe thunderstorms capable of producing damaging winds, large hail and isolated tornadoes could strike the Charlotte region again late Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.

On Thursday, wind gusts as high as 34 mph could down trees and power lines, NWS forecasters warn.

The severe weather is expected in advance of a cold front from the west.

Six tornadoes struck South Carolina on Monday afternoon, including one that killed a man in Union County, S.C., when his mobile home flipped several times in 100 mph winds.

Tornado watches were issued for Mecklenburg, Cabarrus, Rowan and Union counties on Monday afternoon but were later lifted.

The strongest S.C. tornado was an EF-2 with maximum winds of 118 mph. The tornado touched down between the city of St. Matthews and town of Cameron in Calhoun County at 5:11 p.m.

The EF-1 tornado that killed the man touched down at 3:23 p.m. in Union County, southeast of Spartanburg, the National Weather Service in Greer, S.C., reported Tuesday.

An EF-1 with peak winds of 90 mph also struck Aiken County, S.C., in the southwestern part of the state at 4:14 p.m. Monday, the NWS office in Columbia reported.

An EF-0 tornado hit eastern Pickens and western Greenville counties at 2:12 p.m. with winds of about 70 mph., according to the weather service.

An EF-0 tornado also struck Laurens County at 2:50 p.m. with maximum winds of 85 mph. Laurens County is south of Spartanburg County.

And an EF-0 with maximum winds of 80 mph hit near Aiken in Aiken County at 4:08 p.m., the weather service office in Columbia confirmed late Tuesday.

EF-0 and EF-1 tornadoes are classified as “weak” on the Enhanced Fujita Scale that classifies tornadoes by their wind speeds and damage potential.

Assessment teams were surveying damage in other S.C. areas on Tuesday afternoon, so it’s possible another tornado might be confirmed from Monday, NWS meteorologist Josh Palmer said.

Joe Marusak: 704-987-3670, @jmarusak

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