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Rowan under severe thunderstorm watch

ROWAN COUNTY IS UNDER A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH UNTIL 10 P.M. ...A STRONG THUNDERSTORM WITH INTENSE LIGHTNING WILL IMPACT NORTHWESTERN ROWAN...EAST CENTRAL IREDELL AND SOUTHWESTERN DAVIE COUNTIES UNTIL 330 PM EDT... AT 306 PM EDT...DOPPLER RADAR WAS TRACKING A STRONG THUNDERSTORM WITH INTENSE LIGHTNING 5 MILES EAST OF STATESVILLE...MOVING NORTHEAST AT 25 MPH. LOCATIONS TO BE IMPACTED INCLUDE... STATESVILLE...COOLEEMEE...COOL SPRINGS AND SHEFFIELD. IN ADDITION TO INTENSE LIGHTNING...PEA SIZE HAIL AND WIND GUSTS UP TO 40 MPH WILL BE POSSIBLE IN THESE AREAS. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... FREQUENT LIGHTNING IS OCCURRING WITH THIS STORM. IF OUTDOORS...TRY TO GET INDOORS OR INTO A HARD TOPPED VEHICLE. OTHERWISE...STAY AWAY FROM OPEN AREAS AND ISOLATED HIGH OBJECTS SUCH AS TREES. WHEN INDOORS... STAY AWAY FROM WINDOWS AND DOORS AND AVOID USING WIRED ELECTRONIC DEVICES. DO NOT TAKE A SHOWER OR BATH. TRY TO UNPLUG UNNECESSARY APPLIANCES BEFORE THE STORM APPROACHES.

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