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Storm system that spawned Texas tornado now spreading across the Charlotte area

A storm front that could bring heavy rain, damaging winds and even a tornado is moving through the Charlotte area Tuesday morning.

The front brings an 80 percent chance of rain Tuesday, the National Weather Service said. The worst of the weather is forecast to occur before 1 p.m., followed by a chance of showers and thunderstorms mainly between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.

“Storms will be possible mainly south of the I-85 corridor, and along and east of the I-77 corridor, including the Charlotte Metro area,” the National Weather Service said. “In addition to cloud-to-ground lightning and brief heavy downpours, a few storms could become strong to severe, with damaging winds the primary threat.”

Temperatures will begin to drop as the front passes and skies clear in the afternoon, falling into the 30s across the mountains and into the lower to mid 40s across the Piedmont.

“Some of the sheltered valleys may see some patchy frost toward daybreak, but with plenty of wind and mixing, not expected to be widespread enough for a Frost Advisory,” forecasters said.

Another unsettled weather pattern will return this weekend and continue into early next week, forecasters said.

The storm system started Sunday in parts of the Midwest, spawning a tornado in Dallas and powerful winds that killed a man in Arkansas when a tree fell on a house, the Weather Channel reported.

Tens of thousands of residents in Texas were without power Monday morning, the Fort Worth Star Telegram reported.

Early indicators point to it having been a “violent tornado,” according to the Weather Channel — and it likely won’t be the last. More tornado warnings were in effect as the system edged toward Tennessee early Monday.

Similar storms are slated to reach Charlotte by Monday afternoon and could linger until Sunday, according to the National Weather Service.

“Portions of the central and eastern Carolinas have the greatest chance of experiencing severe weather,” the Weather Channel reported. “Damaging wind gusts will be the main threat, but a tornado or two is also possible.”

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Hayley is a Real Time reporter at The Charlotte Observer covering breaking news and trending stories in the Carolinas. She also created the Observer’s unofficial bird beat (est. 2015) with a summer full of ornithological-related content, including a story about Barred Owls in love.