Severe thunderstorm watch issued for most of the WBTV viewing area

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Avery, Burke, Caldwell, McDowell, Mitchell, Yancey Counties until 5:15 p.m.

There is also a severe thunderstorm watch for the entire WBTV viewing area until 8 p.m.

The watch includes Alexander, Anson, Ashe, Cabarrus, Caldwell, Catawba, Cleveland, Davidson, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Rowan, Stanly, Union, and Watauga Counties.

In Catawba County, there are several trees down one mile west of the intersection of Highway 16 and Buffalo Shoals Road.

Continue to check for the latest on the storms.