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Damaging Storms Strike Tennessee Valley, Carolinas
UPDATED 8:45 PM EDT, April 26, 2012
UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Fred Allen
Fresh thunderstorms are swarming across the Tennessee Valley and Carolina Piedmont tonight. Not only is very large hail still on the weather menu, but damaging wind gusts and even a brief tornado cannot be discounted.
A Severe Thunderstorm Watch is in place for central and northern Tennessee, including Nashville and Crossville, Tenn.
The line of severe thunderstorms is being driven by a southeastward darting cold front stretching from western New York all the way back to the Ozarks. In advance of the front, warm, moist air is arcing northward throughout the Mid-South and Carolinas. At the same time, cooler, drier air bottled up for much of the week along the Northern-Tier is making a beeline toward the East Coast. Where the two meet, intense thunderstorms continue to fire up.
The storms have a history of producing very large hail up to baseball-size and damaging wind gusts from Kentucky into the Carolinas this afternoon and evening. Though those will be the main weather impacts with the thunderstorms as they push deeper into Tennessee and the Carolinas, a few of the more robust storms could produce a brief tornado.
Greenville-Spartanburg and Columbia, S.C., Asheville, N.C., and Knoxville and Nashville, Tenn., will all be at risk for a passing powerful storm tonight.
Thus far, the severe weather reports have been mounting and focused on 3 states, including Tennessee, North Carolina and Kentucky today. Hail the size of baseballs pelted Gatlinburg, Tenn., while tennis ball-size hail fell in Sandgap, Ky. A thunderstorm wind gust caused several trees to topple in Del Rio, Johnson City, and Rogersville, Tenn., with powerlines and trees also reported down in Burnsville and Waynesville, N.C.
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