CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Severe storms swept through the WBTV coverage area late Thursday night bringing down trees, knocking out power, and forcing officials to shut down the Annual Food Lion Speed Street Festival in center city Charlotte.
The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a warning around 9:21 p.m. indicating that wind gusts between 70 and 80 miles per hour were possible with damage likely. Around 9:31 p.m., a weather system called a "bow echo" started to form in York County, SC.
By 9:52 p.m., the NWS issued a Tornado Warning for York, Gaston and Mecklenburg counties. The NWS canceled the Tornado Warning for York County at 10:06 p.m., but it remained in effect for Gaston and Mecklenburg counties.
Around 10:14 p.m., a wind-monitoring device at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport recorded winds at 66.7 miles-per-hour.