UPDATE 3:15pm – Tornado Watch for Ashe, Avery & Watauga is CANCELLED.
The NWS Storm Prediction Center has issued a
* Tornado Watch for portions of
Western North Carolina
Far southern Virginia
* Effective this Sunday afternoon and evening from 1215 PM until
700 PM EDT.
* Primary threats include…
A few tornadoes likely
Scattered damaging wind gusts to 70 mph likely
SUMMARY…Bands of storms will continue to intensify and race
northeastward through the afternoon and early evening. A highly
sheared environment will support the possibility of line-embedded
circulations capable of tornadoes aside from wind damage, especially
with the more prominent bowing segments.
The tornado watch area is approximately along and 50 statute miles
east and west of a line from 75 miles north northeast of Hickory NC
to 75 miles south southeast of Augusta GA. For a complete depiction
of the watch see the associated watch outline update (WOUS64 KWNS
REMEMBER…A Tornado Watch means conditions are favorable for
tornadoes and severe thunderstorms in and close to the watch
area. Persons in these areas should be on the lookout for
threatening weather conditions and listen for later statements
and possible warnings.