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Tornado watch issued for Charlotte region, other parts of the Carolinas

Neighbors gather supplies to help move debris from homes along Highway 18 in Fayette, Ala., after a tornado ripped through Fayette County on Thursday.
Neighbors gather supplies to help move debris from homes along Highway 18 in Fayette, Ala., after a tornado ripped through Fayette County on Thursday. AP

A tornado watch remains for the Charlotte region until 10 p.m. Friday.

A tornado warning issued at about 7:15 p.m. for Huntersville, Concord, Salisbury and Kannapolis was canceled 15 minutes later. The storm that prompted the warning weakened to below “severe limits” and no longer appeared capable of producing a tornado, the National Weather Service said.

A watch means conditions exist for a tornado to form. A warning means one has been sighted and that imminent danger to life and property exists.

A flood advisory is in effect until 10:15 p.m. for northwestern Mecklenburg County, northwestern Cabarrus Couny and southeastern Iredell County. Heavy rain from thunderstorms prompted the advisory.

The local tornado warning was one of numerous tornado watches and warnings issued throughout the day by the National Weather Service.

Earlier Friday, a tornado watch was issued for the Charlotte region and other parts of the Carolinas until 10 p.m. Friday. That remains in effect.

A few tornadoes “are likely” in a region spanning from Hickory and Forest City east through Charlotte and all the way to the Raleigh area in Eastern North Carolina, the National Weather Service said in an alert at 1:48 p.m.

In South Carolina, the watch area stretches from Spartanburg, S.C., east to Rock Hill and then to Florence, S.C

Hail up to the size of a small marble is possible, along with gusts up to 70 mph, according to the weather service office in Greer, S.C..

The watch area includes nearly 5.8 million people, 1,600 schools and 80 hospitals, the weather service said.

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067, @jmarusak

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