A tornado watch has gone into effect for Burke and several other counties in North Carolina as more storms approach on Friday.
The watch is in effect from 10:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Friday, according to the National Weather Service.
A tornado watch means that there is a possibility of a tornado to be produced by severe weather, not that one has been spotted.
“A band of heavy rain showers and embedded thunderstorms is expected to move across the foothills and Piedmont today,” said a weather alert on their website. “Isolated severe thunderstorms capable of producing locally damaging wind gusts and isolated brief tornadoes will be possible, especially across the Piedmont, and especially in the late morning and afternoon. In addition, localized excessive rainfall may cause flash flooding of small streams and urban areas.”
Other counties under a tornado watch include, but are not limited to Caldwell, Catawba, Cleveland, Lincoln, Alexander, Ashe, Cabarrus, Iredell, McDowell, Watauga and Avery.