CHARLOTTE, N.C. (FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) - Severe storms will impact the FOX 46 viewing area Friday afternoon into Friday evening.
A strong cold front will move through the area and bring intense rainfall, damaging straight-line winds and the risk for isolated tornadoes.
The storms will will eventually pass through the area by 9 p.m.
If possible, plan to stay off the roads during the afternoon and evening hours. Also, discuss a safety plan with your loved ones in case severe weather threatens your neighborhood.
Preparing for dangerous weather:
- Secure items are are likely to blow away.
- Cover windows and batten down your shutters.
- Don't park under or near a big tree.
- Prepare for a power outage.
- Plan to stay indoors.
- Check your emergency kit and food and water supply.
Severe Weather Safety Tips:
- GET IN. If you are outside, get inside. If you're already inside, get as far into the middle of the building as possible.
- GET DOWN. Get underground if possible. If you cannot, go to the lowest floor possible.
- COVER UP. Flying and falling debris are a storm's number one killer
Numbers to know Friday:
- Duke Energy: 1-800-POWERON
- Text REG to 57801 for power outage text alerts
- Call 311 in Mecklenburg County to report flooded roads or downed trees
If the FOX 46 viewing area has a Tornado Warning Friday that looks potentially threatening, please go to a designated safe area and cover your head. A bike or motorcycle helmet can also be an excellent option. Make sure your charge all your devices before the storm so you can get reliable information from FOX 46 Charlotte App and our FOX 46 News Weather App.
Today: 90 percent strong/severe storms. Hi: 74 Lo: 49
Tomorrow: 20 percent chance for showers. Cooler and breezy. Hi: 62 Lo: 49
Sunday: Cool start. Nice sunny afternoon. Hi: 70 Lo: 42
The best thing to do for now is to watch FOX 46 closely for updated weather reports and download the FOX 46 weather app. For more information on how you can prepare for Friday's storm, click here.