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Strong storms, winds likely today, NWS says

April 4th, 2014 9:39 am by Tony Casey

Strong storms, winds likely today, NWS says

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Update: The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for much of Middle Tennessee Friday morning, according to the Associated Press.

The watch includes 27 counties and is in effect until 10 a.m. as storms cross the state.

Showers and thunderstorms hitting West and Middle Tennessee in the morning are expected to stretch into the afternoon and evening in East Tennessee.

Afternoon highs will range from upper 50s to lower 70s, then temperatures will drop Friday night into the upper 30s and lower 40s.

Winds could gust up to 25 mph Friday evening.

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As has been the case with recent months, the National Weather Service in Morristown is issuing a warning about severe weather that is set to head this way.

This time around, though, the warnings don’t involve snow, but concern heavy winds, thunderstorms and possibly tornadoes that could hit the outskirts of the Johnson City area today, Meteorologist Lyle Wilson with the NWS said.

“At this point, it looks like there’s a possibility of damaging winds and thunderstorms,” Wilson said.

Some thunderstorms and hail hit parts of Tennessee on Thursday, he said, with reports of three-quarter inch hail hitting parts of Knox County as well as pea-sized hail landing around Tazewell, but no reports of such weather around Washington County.

The Johnson City Police Department issued a warning through Twitter and via email from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, in which it said a cold front will push to the outskirts of the area, leading to the development of widespread showers and thunderstorms, with the possibility of tornadoes. The report said the greatest chance of severe storms will be across the Cumberland Plateau and Southeast Tennessee.

Wilson said he suspects the worst weather will be farther south and west than Johnson City, but that’s just the preliminary report.

As is always the case with the weather, Wilson said, these reports are subject to change.

“People should be paying attention to media and listening to their weather radios for updates. Stay alert, ” Wilson said.

For updates, check NOAA.gov.

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