...A STRONG THUNDERSTORM WILL IMPACT EAST CENTRAL MCDOWELL AND
SOUTHERN BURKE COUNTIES UNTIL 715 PM EDT...
AT 643 PM EDT, DOPPLER RADAR WAS TRACKING A STRONG THUNDERSTORM 4
MILES SOUTHWEST OF MORGANTON, OR NEAR GLEN ALPINE, MOVING EAST AT 20
LOCATIONS TO BE IMPACTED INCLUDE...
MORGANTON, VALDESE, DREXEL, CONNELLY SPRINGS, RUTHERFORD COLLEGE,
GLEN ALPINE, LAKE RHODHISS, LAKE JAMES STATE PARK, SOUTH MOUNTAINS
STATE PARK AND LAKE JAMES.
WIND GUSTS UP TO 50 MPH, DIME SIZE HAIL AND VERY HEAVY RAINFALL RATES
UP TO 2 INCHES PER HOUR WILL BE POSSIBLE IN THESE AREAS.
THE COMBINATION OF GUSTY WINDS AND SATURATED SOIL CONDITIONS WILL
CAUSE SCATTERED TREES AND POWER LINES TO FALL. SEEK SHELTER INSIDE AN
TORRENTIAL RAINFALL MAY FLOOD AREAS WITH POOR DRAINAGE, SUCH AS
DITCHES AND UNDERPASSES. AVOID THESE AREAS AND DO NOT CROSS FLOODED
ROADS. WATER LEVELS OF SMALL STREAMS MAY ALSO RISE RAPIDLY. SEEK
HIGHER GROUND IF THREATENED BY FLOOD WATERS.
THIS STORM MAY INTENSIFY, SO BE CERTAIN TO MONITOR LOCAL RADIO AND TV
STATIONS, AS WELL AS LOCAL CABLE TV OUTLETS FOR ADDITIONAL
INFORMATION AND POSSIBLE WARNINGS FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE.
GALLERY: Out and about in Phase 1
Photos by Anne Thompson/News Herald photo correspondent
Many local residents hit local shops and shopping centers as Phase 1 of the reopening in North Carolina began on Friday evening. Others chose to take advantage of state parks reopening, while others opted to enjoy the weather instead.