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Old 03-03-2012, 03:17 PM
 
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I can't find any confirmation that warnings were issued. Maybe someone in that area or with a weather radio heard warnings?

Anytime a watch or warning is issued for my county (Cabarrus), I get an email update from one of the local TV stations. So, I am wondering why nothing came in last night. The best way to live through a tornado is to have time to get to a safe place.
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Old 03-03-2012, 03:23 PM
 
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I can't find any confirmation that warnings were issued. Maybe someone in that area or with a weather radio heard warnings?

Anytime a watch or warning is issued for my county (Cabarrus), I get an email update from one of the local TV stations. So, I am wondering why nothing came in last night. The best way to live through a tornado is to have time to get to a safe place.
A commenter on the Charlotte Observer website said their weather alert radio never warned them of anything in the Charlotte area. They had gotten a few alerts about counties in South Carolina, but never anything in North Carolina.
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Old 03-03-2012, 03:26 PM
 
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I can't find any confirmation that warnings were issued. Maybe someone in that area or with a weather radio heard warnings?

Anytime a watch or warning is issued for my county (Cabarrus), I get an email update from one of the local TV stations. So, I am wondering why nothing came in last night. The best way to live through a tornado is to have time to get to a safe place.

I am in Mecklenberg and I was watching the TV station earlier last evening and Cabarrus had a high wind watch. I ended up turning my weather radio off, but the winds were high in Huntersville.
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Old 03-03-2012, 04:03 PM
 
Location: Lake Norman, NC
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On the two local TV stations I watched this morning, they said there were NO warnings issued for the storms last night in the Charlotte area.

They said the folks coming our from the NWS to survey the damage will also try to determine why no warnings were issued.
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Old 03-03-2012, 04:42 PM
 
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According to this article, they never saw it coming:
Meteorologist: It's the type of storm we struggle with the most | CharlotteObserver.com & The Charlotte Observer Newspaper
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Old 03-03-2012, 06:11 PM
 
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I am an aircraft dispatcher and the most important of my everyday job is watching the weather. I was working last night and the weather was much worse than predicted. I was pulling into my driveway at 1100pm and there was an alert on NPR but not for Meck.
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Old 03-03-2012, 07:38 PM
 
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Stanley County had a tornado warning around 2:40 but I didn't see anything for Meck and I was up pretty late.
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Old 03-04-2012, 06:16 AM
 
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No warning was issued and the article in the Observer explains this. BUT, they should have issued at least a severe thunderstorm warning. The "bow echo" they mentioned seeing on radar should be enough to put a severe warning out, alerting people of the possibility of damaging winds.

A thunderstorms get a bowing signature when strong winds push the rain in the middle of the storm further out from the rest of the line. This gives the storm an archers bow or boomerang shape. That is simple severe weather forecast right there.

I agree it would have been very difficult to issue a tornado warning because the tornado was very small, formed fast and was not on the ground for long.

They surely dropped the ball and should be thanking their lucky stars no one was seriously hurt.
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Old 03-04-2012, 07:15 AM
 
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So it actually was a tornado?
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Old 03-04-2012, 07:48 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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So it actually was a tornado?
yes. an EF2 or 3 (there are disagreements on the severity of it)
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