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Severe Thunderstorm Watch until 11pm

May 31, 2019

A Severe Thunderstorm Watch is up until 11PM for folks east of the Tri-Cities. Specifically, it starts at Smyth, Tazewell, and Grayson Counties and Southwest Virginia and Ashe, Watauga, Avery Counties in North Carolina, and points east/southeast from there.

Here’s a map of the area, which will give you a better idea of the territory the watch covers:

Severe Thunderstorm Watch outline through 11 PM from the SPC

A Severe Thunderstorm Watch means conditions are favorable for storms to form that can produce damaging winds, heavy rain, large hail, and frequent lightning. The specific threats that make thunderstorms severe are 60mph winds or more, and hail larger than quarters.

Severe storms are already going on in North Carolina right now, and in Southwest Virginia strong storms are happening west of the watch box, near Nickelsville at 3 PM. Those will continue moving east/northeast, and we’ll see more storms pop up this afternoon. Even though we’re not IN the watch in the Tri-Cities, a severe storm is not out of the question this afternoon.

I’ll keep an eye on the storms both inside and outside of the severe thunderstorm watch box for the rest of the evening. If any warnings come up for severe thunderstorms, I’ll post them here, and/or on my Twitter. Remember, if you can hear thunder, lightning is within range! Get indoors quickly near thunderstorms to stay safe, regardless of warnings. Then, stay away from windows until storms are past your location.

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