• Special Weather Statement

    Updated:
    NCZ035-056-310415- Alexander NC-Catawba NC- 1141 PM EDT THU AUG 30 2018 ...A STRONG THUNDERSTORM WITH INTENSE LIGHTNING WILL IMPACT CENTRAL CATAWBA AND SOUTHWESTERN ALEXANDER COUNTIES UNTIL 1215 AM EDT... At 1141 PM EDT, Doppler radar was tracking a strong thunderstorm with intense lightning near Hickory, or near Conover, moving north at 15 mph. Locations to be impacted include... Hickory, Newton, St. Stephens, Conover, Bethlehem, Claremont, Lookout Shoals Lake, Mountain View, Lake Hickory and Maiden. In addition to intense lightning, wind gusts up to 45 mph and pea size hail will be possible in these areas. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... Gusty winds can blow down trees that are dead, or that have weakened root systems. Outdoor furniture and similar items can be tossed around if not anchored. Seek shelter indoors. Frequent lightning is occurring with this storm. If outdoors, try to get indoors or into a hard topped vehicle. Otherwise, stay away from open areas and isolated high objects such as trees. When indoors, stay away from windows and doors and avoid using wired electronic devices. Do not take a shower or bath. Try to unplug unnecessary appliances before the storm approaches. && LAT...LON 3583 8107 3580 8108 3578 8111 3577 8110 3557 8118 3564 8139 3580 8134 3580 8133 3582 8134 3588 8132 TIME...MOT...LOC 0341Z 200DEG 14KT 3571 8127 $$

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