WEATHER ALERT: Rain, thunder, lightning beating the area

Hi it's Christine Nelson. John Carter and Meteorologist Al Conklin are on air right now giving you an early look at the weather conditions. We already are hearing from a lot of you who woke up to rain, thunder and lightning.

WBTV News This Morning is live on the air from 4:30-9:00 a.m. We're have the most complete coverage to keep you and your family safe as storms hit the area this morning.

As of 4:30 a.m.: There's a trail of developing thunderstorms running northeast from York to Rowan Counties and across Charlotte metro area.

On the road, expect a lot of ponding in the Charlotte area from a batch of storms that hit around 3:30 a.m.

Live team coverage: Brody O'Connell is monitoring flooding in the area and Ashton Pellom will be live in South Carolina where we have seen the storm gain a lot of strength because of the warm air in the southern part of our viewing area.

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