Because we’re up to our eyeballs in work right now, tracking severe storms and prepping for the early evening newscasts, this will be a mini blog, but still accomplish the same — update you on our severe storm threat for this evening.
Most of the area is under a Severe Thunderstorm Watch until 9pm.
The Storm Prediction Center has updated their severe outlook, putting the Tennessee/Kentucky line in the most likely zone for severe weather through early this evening.
4WARN Live Doppler shows two clusters of storms — one in northeastern Middle Tennessee and another over northwestern parts of the area. Both have had a history of producing damaging wind gusts.
Damaging wind continues to be our main threat this evening. Torrential rain and frequent cloud to ground lightning are also expected.
Here’s the latest timing I just came up with for our severe threat this evening, based on radar trends and short term computer models.
FUTURECAST shows this first round moving off the Cumberland Plateau by 8pm.
HOWEVER, additional areas of rain developing over southeastern Missouri will move in late tonight. With any of those, additional damaging wind gusts are possible, but less likely that with this initial batch. FUTURECAST shows progression of rain into our area later tonight.
Coming up today on Channel 4 News beginning at 4pm, we’ll update you on the latest watches, warnings, and storm tracks with the storms moving through.