• Heavy rain, wind moves out of the Charlotte area


    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - After a round of strong thunderstorms, the wet weather is finally winding down across the Charlotte area.

    A powerful area of low pressure in Kentucky is pulling all of its energy to the north.

    There is one band of rain still in Georgia, but it won't have energy to do much across our area.

    Expect to see much quieter conditions later Tuesday evening, with temperatures in the 70s.

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    A tornado warning that was issued for Catawba, Iredell and Lincoln counties Tuesday morning expired around 11:30 a.m.

    The warning was issued at 11:04 a.m. specifically for eastern Lincoln County, continued into southern Iredell County and the southeastern portion of Catawba County.

    Severe Weather Center 9 meteorologist Katie Virtue said a line of thunderstorms came up from Spartanburg and increased in strength, moving across Highway 321 at 10:30 a.m., and was approaching west Charlotte about 11:30 a.m.

    The storms, which packed heavy rain and strong winds, were expected to arrive in Anson County as they moved north throughout the afternoon.

    A tornado warning for southern Cleveland County was in effect early Tuesday morning and expired at 10 a.m.

    Channel 9 reporter Ken Lemon said tornado warning alarms sounded in Shelby about 9:30 a.m.  Lemon said officials put firefighters around Kings Mountain to have all areas covered.  All firefighters and EMS workers received the alert and were ready to respond to any emergency.

    Virtue said she has received reports of downed trees in Earl, which is in southern Cleveland County.

    The rain sweeps out of our area Tuesday evening. Mostly sunny and dry weather returns to the forecast on Wednesday, with a high temperature of 82 degrees.

    Thursday looks to be the best day of the week with mostly sunny skies and a high of 82 degrees.

    Follow @WSOC_TV and @WSOCWeather on Twitter for constant weather updates throughout the day.

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