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UPDATE: Tornado watch lifted, but storms still in forecast

Staff Report • Apr 28, 2014 at 8:56 PM

The National Weather Service has lifted a tornado watch that was issued at around 2:35 this afternoon, but still expects rain and thunderstorms to affect our region over the next several days.

NWS meteorologist Tod Hyslop said the Johnson City/Washington County region will be affected by the severe storms – including tornadoes – that have swept through southeastern states like Mississippi and Alabama, though those effects may not be to the same degree as those states.

"“We think we’re going to have some severe storms possible in the area, mainly later (Monday) night," Hyslop said.

Hyslop added that the region will experience "periodic" rainstorms throughout Tuesday and Wednesday. By Thursday morning, the NWS expects the precipitation to stop, though temperatures are expected to cool.

"It will be 10 to 15 degrees cooler ... Thursday and Friday," he said.

Look for more details in Tuesday's edition of the Press.


The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for East Tennessee, Western Virginia, and Southeastern Kentucky that is in effect until 8 p.m. Monday.

While the NWS expects that the areas in the Southeast Tennessee and Cumberland Plateau regions would be the most susceptible to tornadoes, the Tri-Cities area was also cautioned. The watch comes almost exactly three years after tornadoes touched down in Washington, Greene, and Johnson counties, killing 10 people in their wake.

Unlike a tornado warning, which is issued when tornadoes are sighted, a tornado watch indicates that weather conditions are favorable for tornado activity.

The NWS station in Morristown had previously predicted that a thunderstorm will hit our area at around 10 or 11 p.m. tonight before the tornado warning was issued.

While some of the surrounding area is expected to receive as much as 5 inches of rain, meteorologist Tod Hyslop, who works out of NWS-Morristown, said the Johnson City/Washington County area should expect 1 to 2 inches of total rainfall.

"(There) may be, locally, some isolated spots of about 3 (inches)," Hyslop said. "But a lot of the wind flow will be intercepted by the mountains."

Check back here for updates on the weather as they are made available.

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