A tornado watch has been issued for much of Middle Tennessee until 11:00 pm. This includes Putnam and White Counties but does not currently include Cumberland, Fentress, or Overton Counties. A tornado watch includes counties within and close to the watch area. Just because the Storm Prediction Center did not specifically include some of us, we shouldn’t let that keep us from being weather-aware.
The tornado watch is outlined on the map below. The SPC says they plan on issuing more watches as we go into the evening.
We’ve been ready for this. Now, make sure your severe weather plan is polished and ready to go.
The severe threat will be with us from now until about midnight.
We do have a couple of good things going for us. First, we’ve been cloudy today. That is good. The warmth of the sun destabilizes the atmosphere even more. The other thing is all the storms in Alabama. That has helped hold back some of the warm and moist air coming up from the south. That is also good.
Never the less, the latest outlook from the Storm Prediction Center maintains very high probabilities for straight-line winds in excess of 70 mph. They also kept our tornado probabilities high. We may also see some storms produce hail to the size of golf balls.
We have a lot of wind shear and our atmosphere is very unstable.
To stay safe:
Put on the helmet
Get to lowest level of the home
Get away from windows
Abandon mobile homes
Do what you need to do to shield yourself from flying debris (pillows, cushions, mattress, etc.)
Wear a whistle
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