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Severe Thunderstorm Watch #TriCitiesWx until 9pm 6/24/19

June 24, 2019

I’ve been mentioning on the air on all of our stations the chance for rain and storms late this afternoon through this evening. The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma, tends to agree, and has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for our area until 9 tonight.

Here’s the map of the watch area, it basically includes all of the Tri-Cities, going to the Tennessee/North Carolina border and stopping east of (and including) Washington, Russell, and Buchanan Counties:

Severe Thunderstorm Watch until 9 PM Tonight from the Storm Prediction Center

According to that, the watch does not yet include anyone in Western North Carolina (except Clay/Cherokee way south of us) or Smyth/Grayson/Tazewell Counties in Southwest Virginia.

The storms are in Middle Tennessee right now:

Radar Image as of 2:04 PM 6/24/19

The polygon in that radar image is a Severe Thunderstorm Warning well to the west of us for Smith and Jackson Counties through 1:45 local time.

Those storms will continue to move east through the rest of the afternoon, and will arrive here late. The main issue with the storms will be gusty straight line winds that could gust up to 70 mph at times. Hail the size of quarters is a possibility, but a somewhat lesser threat.

And, as it is with all severe thunderstorms, the chance for tornadoes is not zero. So be sure to check the Severe Weather Safety rules page to find out what to do if any severe weather warning strikes, and determine where to go wherever you are. If you take five minutes to do this now, you won’t have to do it again as long as everything remains the same.

Yes, I know, the sun is out. That’s helping fuel the atmosphere to intensify the storms when they get here. So don’t be fooled by the sunshine. It’s helping our chances for damaging winds and hail later on.

I have a post pinned to the top of the blog that will let you know all the ways to listen to radio station where I will have updates if needed. Make sure you’ve got a radio on one of those frequencies this afternoon. Hopefully, I won’t be on the air much, but if a tornado warning is issued, I’ll jump into programming.

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