Be sure to have your television on this morning...severe weather, from a storm system that has already killed at least 26 people, is headed our way...and it is important that you be aware of the potential danger. For a second straight day...deadly tornados have ripped across the south east.
Good morning. It's Tuesday, 29 April 2014, and the WBTV News morning team is committed to bringing you the absolute best weather coverage as a new weather system may bring another round of destructive storms that likely will span two days. The National Weather Service reports that a large system approaching the Carolinas could bring heavy rains, hail, damaging winds and tornadoes today and tomorrow.
Al Conklin is Charlotte's most experienced morning news meteorologist...and he will have all the information you need to stay safe as the storms approach. We'll also have live team coverage of what's being done in our area to keep you safe...as well as information on what you can do to make sure your family is as safe as possible.
Monday's tornadoes brought flattened structures, turned over vehicles and left tens of thousands of customers without power in Alabama, Kentucky and Mississippi. At least nine people were killed Monday in Alabama and Mississippi. Deadly, destructive storms hit earlier Sunday in Arkansas, Oklahoma and Iowa.
If you haven't already downloaded the WBTV Weather app...now would be a good time. You'll have the latest weather details right at your fingertips.
In other news...interstate 40 in Burke County had to be shut down overnight following a tractor trailer wreck (it was still shut down at 4:30 AM and no word when it will reopen). The truck slammed into a guard rail and concrete barrier in a construction zone and burst into flames. The driver was not seriously hurt.
A group of Charlotte city employees is demanding higher wages this morning. Two workers for Charlotte Mecklenburg Utilities walked into tonight's City Council meeting and told everyone they helped prevent a major environmental problem - and now they want to be rewarded.
Plus...the Charlotte Bobcats have played their last game. The Bobcats were swept by the Miami Heat in four games...losing last night 109 to 98. With that final game...the final time the team will go by the Bobcats name. Next season...they'll be the Charlotte Hornets.