I just posted this on Facebook and I’ll say it here, as well. I would prepare for power outages tomorrow night. If you know someone who is dependent on oxygen or any other medical equipment that requires electricity I would make sure they’re taken care of if the lights go out. Even if we don’t get severe weather, we could still have some strong t-storms that could easily topple trees in this saturated ground.
The latest outlook from the Storm Prediction Center brings back the slight risk of severe weather, at least to the western counties of the plateau (Putnam and Overton). That means we are now straddling the slight and marginal risk. I’ll keep an eye on this.
Please keep in mind that this is a very powerful storm system and changes to the forecast are quite possible between now and Saturday night. Our severe weather threat could rise or fall substantially between now and then so stay tuned. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, the wind fields are more than favorable for tornadoes or straight-line winds–the question is will the storms be strong enough when they get here to access that wind energy? The greatest threat for all of this should fall between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m.
If you’re traveling west toward Nashville or Memphis tomorrow, please be advised that the tornado threat is much higher over there, as well as the damaging straight-line wind threat.
As always, we can’t forget this flood threat hanging over our heads either.
I’ll keep you all posted!
Look for at least one more update tonight before the usual big update in the morning.
The latest convective outlook, which brings the slight risk back toward the plateau.