Severe weather a threat to the west

Posted October 26, 2010 7:34 p.m. EDT
Updated October 26, 2010 10:50 p.m. EDT

The threat of severe weather moved in from the west Tuesday night, putting Person, Alamance and Union counties under a tornado watch until 3 a.m.

The watch area extended across western North Carolina and northwest South Carolina.

Severe thunderstorms battered parts of Polk and Rutherford counties and brought the threat of hail and damaging winds to the Charlotte area.

Radar indicated the rotation of a tornado over eastern Catawba County near Claremont just before 11 p.m.

Tuesday's warm weather sparked the storms, according to the National Weather Service.

The storms, which were moving towards the north and east, were not expected to have much impact in the Triangle Tuesday, staying mostly west of U.S. Highway 1. As the line of storms moves east, it was weakening, WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze said.

A slow-moving cold front will bring the chance for showers the Triangle over the next two days and push temperatures from the record-breaking 80s to the low-60s by Friday, Maze said.