Monday, February 28, 2011

Severe Thunderstorms Likely

We are watching a developing situation today with severe weather. Thanks to Tyler Smith with the Cookeville/Putnam County Emergency Agency I participated in a 5 am conference call with the National Weather Service to discuss the potential for severe weather today.

It appears the greatest risk for us, here in Putnam County, will be during the 11 am to 2 pm time frame HOWEVER, you can expect storms to develop out ahead of the main line of storms from early morning going forward. Tennessee will take CENTER STAGE later today for the outbreak of severe weather. All of the ingredients for a long day of watches, warnings, etc. are in place.

The main concern with this particular storm system are long-track tornadoes with the potential to be large and damaging along with large hail and damaging winds.

Today will be windy with 15 to 25 mph speeds and gusts to 35 mph. It is warm this morning, 69° at 5:15 am CST, and I expect it to continue to be warm until frontal passage later today when the winds will switch to the north northwest.

Finally, this is a particularly dangerous situation developing and this bears worth repeating, STAY WEATHER AWARE. Tune in to local TV or RADIO that actually does storm updates. Stay AWAY from TV stations that do not do weather updates. Your safety and your families safety may depend on it. Have a plan where to go in case severe weather breaks out in your area.

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