Possible funnel cloud recorded in Gaston Co. as several warnings issued for area

VIEWER VIDEO: Possible funnel cloud sighted in Gaston County
A still from the video courtesy Sam Raniolo.
A still from the video courtesy Sam Raniolo.

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Several warnings involving severe weather were issued for parts of the WBTV viewing area Monday afternoon.

A Tornado Warning was issued for Gaston County just after 5 p.m. and was effective until 5:30 p.m. A viewer sent WBTV video of what appears to be a possible funnel cloud near Cramerton.

The storm was reportedly moving north along the I-85 corridor. Officials have not confirmed if the cloud sighted was an actual tornado or if any damage was reported.

About an hour earlier, a Severe Thunderstorm Warning was issued for Cabarrus, Iredell, Mecklenburg and Rowan counties until 4:30 p.m.

We have a tropical air mass in place over the Carolinas. As more and more warm, moist air moves into the picture, the biggest concern will be for heavy rain.

There could be a few embedded severe thunderstorms with gusty winds and hail, but don't think you are in the clear if you have a storm but no warning. Heavy rain isn't part of the definition of a severe thunderstorm. That has a way of sneaking up on you – sometimes when it is too late.

The Flash Flood Watch will be in place until at least early Tuesday morning. For our eastern-most counties, that will go until early Wednesday morning.

This pattern will be in place through at least Wednesday. You won't see rain all day every day but there is at least a chance at just about any time. You may need to temporarily run for cover if you have outdoor plans.

Be safe! Remember – turn around and don't drown.

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