Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Severe Weather to Progress Through Tennessee / Ohio Valley Today...

A band of strong to severe thunderstorms continues to press Eastward this morning, currently stretching from northwest Kentucky back into northcentral Arkansas.  Large hail and damaging wind gusts have continued to be reported with the line, along with a few tornadoes overnight.

Significant wind and/or tornado damage took place overnight in the Branson, MO and Harrisburg, IL areas.  I'll have more details on this in later post(s)...

Tornado Watches are currently in effect for the red outlined areas on the image below:

The threat of severe weather will continue to progress to the East during the day today.  The latest severe weather outlook from the Storm Prediction Center (SPC) is shown below.  Severe thunderstorms are possible today anywhere within the yellow shaded areas on the image, with the greatest threat within the red shaded areas: 

Large hail, damaging winds and some tornadoes are all possible with the severe storms today.  The highest tornado threat is expected to take place within the red shaded and black hatched areas on the image below, which includes the cities of Bowling Green, KY and Nashville, Chattanooga, and Jackson, TN:

Within this region, a strong and/or long tracked tornado is possible.  A significant threat of damaging winds will also exist across the region, with the highest risk within the red and lavender shaded areas on the image below:

Folks living across the above mentioned areas should remain alert today.  Listen to local media or another trusted source for the latest weather information and possible warnings.  If you are within the threat area(s) but still ahead of the storms at this time, take a few moments to review severe weather safety and preparedness tips, that way you're ready to take action when threatening weather approaches your area.  This includes identifying the best sheltering option and having a plan in place to get there quickly.

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