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Tornado warning expires for Mecklenburg, Cabarrus counties

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Rains flood a street in a south Charlotte neighborhood. (Kim Saxon/WBTV) Rains flood a street in a south Charlotte neighborhood. (Kim Saxon/WBTV)
Heavy rains rolled through First Ward in Uptown Charlotte. (Josh Roberts/WBTV) Heavy rains rolled through First Ward in Uptown Charlotte. (Josh Roberts/WBTV)
The strong storm ripped a pine tree to the ground, blocking W. Morehead Street. (Mark Davenport/WBTV) The strong storm ripped a pine tree to the ground, blocking W. Morehead Street. (Mark Davenport/WBTV)
CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

A second Tornado Warning has expired for North Carolina counties Thursday.

The Tornado Warning was issued for Mecklenburg and Cabarrus Counties just before 4 p.m. and was in effect until 4:30 p.m.

A strong line of severe thunderstorms rolled through Charlotte during the morning rush hour which prompted the Tornado Warning, which expired at 7:30 a.m.

The warning was issued by the National Weather Service in Greenville-Spartanburg around 6:40 a.m. as a strong cell moved from the southwest across the county bringing strong winds and heavy rain to areas like Freedom Park, Paw Creek, Center City, Hidden Valley and University City.

No reports of major damage have come in to the WBTV newsroom.

A fallen pine tree blocked W. Morehead Street at WBTV for several hours until city crews sawed it up.

The morning rush hour is slow going across the region and driver's should pack their patience.

Only a handfull of power outages have been reported across the region.

The threat of strong thunderstorms remains in the forecast throughout the day on Thursday.

The storms are capable of producing heavy rain and strong winds along with hail and possibly a tornado. One two two inches of rain is forecast with locally heavier amounts possible in thunderstorms.

The storms are not expected to taper off until the early morning hours of Friday.

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