FORECAST: Severe thunderstorms close in on Charlotte area

Updated:

Loading

Thunderstorms closed in on the Charlotte area Monday.

10:47 p.m.: Severe thunderstorm warning for Mecklenburg and Gaston counties until 11:30 p.m. Heavy rain is expected.

 

 

10:25 p.m. Severe thunderstorm warning for Anson, Richmond and Stanly counties until 11:15 p.m.

Follow WSOC-TV's Twitter page for latest warnings and watches.

[LINK: INTERACTIVE RADAR] 

___

8:30 p.m.: New showers and thunderstorms bubbled up along the North Carolina-South Carolina line and was heading northeast.

___

8 p.m.: A line of showers formed along Highway 64 in Alexander and Burke counties moving northeast. Heavy rain was the biggest threat.

___

6:45 p.m.: Severe thunderstorm warning for Richmond County until 7:45 p.m.

 

___

6:30 p.m.: Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Chesterfield County until 7:45 p.m.

MONDAY: Storms arrived around 5 p.m. bringing damaging winds, heavy rain and lightning.

Those storms will continue deep into the evening.

The work week began hot and humid with highs near 90 degrees.

A cool front approaches. That front will play a critical role in the evolution of a storm that is moving into the Gulf of Mexico.

Storms may linger into the early overnight hours, clearing by the start of the day on Tuesday.

Expect a 'rinse-and-repeat' type of forecast for Tuesday, with highs in the low 80s and afternoon thunderstorms.

THIS WEEK: We continue to monitor the tropics and the increased threat of rain this week as a result of the cold front.

Temperatures will be in the mid-80s on Tuesday and Wednesday.

A small storm chance will stick around through the end of the work week.

THE TROPICS: We are also watching the tropics closely. Tropical Storm Bret has formed off the northeast coast of South America. It is expected to stay at tropical storm strength through the start of the day on Wednesday, but weakening as it heads closer to the Gulf of Mexico due to an increase in shear. 

The second system is currently a Potential Tropical Cyclone that has formed over the Gulf of Mexico. This cluster of storms is expected to develop into Tropical Storm Cindy by Tuesday afternoon. Tropical Storm watches and warnings have been issued for the Louisiana and Texas coastline as this system is expected to move on shore. 

As of now, it does not look as if the storm will affect Charlotte, but it could throw some tropical moisture south of us.