Let me begin by stating that the severe weather in parts of the Plains and Midwest over the past couple of days and today, is NOT heading towards the Tennessee Valley. Rain chances will slowly increase into the weekend, but widespread severe weather is not going to be an issue for us. For a detailed look at the Tennessee Valley forecast, check out the WHNT Forecast Page.
Tornado season has really ramped up over the past couple of weeks in the Great Plains, with already hard hit communities of Oklahoma and Kansas in the bulls eye again today, for an even greater threat for strong/violent tornadoes. Recovery efforts continue for devastated communities, like Moore, Oklahoma and with volunteers arriving from the Tennessee Valley and around the world, it is important that everyone is aware of the risk for severe storms today. I want to make sure that volunteers and residents alike (especially those who have lost their homes), have a safety plan in place in case severe weather heads in their direction this afternoon. Below is the latest Day 1 Convective Outlook from the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma. The Moderate Risk outline is an area with an enhanced threat for severe weather today, which includes Oklahoma City and surrounding communities.
Hail is the greatest threat in the Moderate Risk area, with high wind gusts greater than 60 mph a secondary threat, and tornadoes the third threat. Below is the Storm Prediction Center’s Day 1 Tornado Outlook, highlighting the regions with the greatest threat for tornadoes. The 10% hatched area represents where there is a 10% chance, or greater, of an EF2-EF5 tornado within 25 miles of any point. Keep in mind part of the Northeast could also see tornadoes today.
Please stay safe and have a way to get the latest watches and warnings if you are in the Plains, Midwest and Northeast.
To keep up with the latest recovery efforts in Moore, Oklahoma, check out our sister station KFOR.
– Jennifer Watson
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