PHOTOS: Viewers share spectacular shelf cloud photos

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Topsail Beach (Photo: Bryanna Clewis)

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A line of strong to severe storms rolled through the area Thursday bringing heavy rain, gusty winds, loud thunder and frequent lightning. But they also brought this feature: Check out the photos below that were sent to WWAY.

A Severe Thunderstorms Warning was issued by the National Weather Service around 3 p.m. Thursday when the storms were tracking south into New Hanover, Pender, and Brunswick counties.

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Many snapped a shot of an erie-looking cloud feature. They are known as “arcus clouds” or “shelf clouds” . The feature is a low, horizontal wedge-shaped cloud, typically associated with a thunderstorm gust front.

Please share your weather photos, when safe, with WWAY team.