Tornado watch issued for county until 6 p.m.

Published 12:51 pm Tuesday, January 9, 2024

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The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch until 6 p.m. for Stanly County.

This is in addition to a flood watch through this evening and a wind advisory until 10 p.m.

“A Slight risk, level two of five, of severe thunderstorms will exist this afternoon and evening,” the National Weather Service stated. “Damaging straight line wind gusts and isolated tornadoes will be possible. In addition, showers and storms will be capable of producing a quick 1.5 to 3 inches of rain, which may produce urban and poor drainage flooding. Lastly, southwesterly wind gusts of 35-40 mph may result behind the system tonight.”

Stanly County Schools called off classes and extra-curricular activities for the day. Gray Stone Day School chose to operate on a remote learning schedule.