***TORNADO WATCH IN EFFECT FOR SOUTHERN KENTUCKY AND MIDDLE TENNESSEE UNTIL 7PM***
The threat for severe thunderstorms has increased for Thursday afternoon and evening in Middle Tennessee.
Damaging wind gusts, hail, even a higher threat for tornadoes is in the cards.
The Storm Prediction Center (SPC) outlined most of the region under an “ENHANCED” risk (category 3 of 5) for severe thunderstorms. This is because is the morning rain is not enough to “soften” or stabilize the atmosphere.
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A break from the rain midday to the early afternoon allows temperatures to move up to the middle and upper 70s along with plenty of moisture from the south. In coordination with a front to the west, this gives the atmosphere plenty of energy to create a prime breeding ground for stronger thunderstorms. Plus, there will be rotation available, enhancing the potential for isolated tornadoes.
Timing for storms to ignite begins around 12 to 2 p.m. west of Nashville. Storms move east towards Interstate 65 from 2 to 4 p.m., then to the Cumberland Plateau around sunset.
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Impacts from the strongest thunderstorms include damaging straight line wind gusts from 60 to 70 mph, small hail, heavy rain, frequent lightning and again, a threat for isolated tornadoes.
Since this is not expected to be a solid front line, but rather a broken line of thunderstorms, each individual cell has the ability to rotate more easily, creating a higher tornado risk.
This is a situation that will be closely monitored and the News 2 Weather Authority Team will have you covered on-air, online, through social media and the WKRN Weather App.
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