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Severe weather expected

Severe weather expected

Posted: Friday, April 23, 2010 9:02 pm

NASHVILLE (AP) — Weather forecasters across Tennessee caution there could be an outbreak of severe weather over the weekend. A strong upper level storm system is expected to move out of the southern plains today, pushing thunderstorms into Tennessee. National Weather Service meteorologists say some could be severe, bringing thunderstorms with heavy downpours of rain, large hail, damaging winds and isolated tornadoes statewide. The NWS predicts West Tennessee could see storms develop as early as this afternoon, but a major outbreak of severe weather is forecast for Saturday. For Union City, forecasts call for it to be mostly cloudy this afternoon with a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Showers and thunderstorms are likely tonight, with some thunderstorms becoming severe. The chance of rain is 70 percent. The rain chance increases to 100 percent Saturday, when it is expected to be windy with southeast winds 15 to 25 mph becoming south 25 to 30 mph in the afternoon. Wind gusts are forecast to near 40 mph. The chance of rain decreases into Saturday night when there is a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Southwest winds will be 20 to 30 mph with gusts to near 40 mph decreasing to 10 to 15 mph after midnight. Middle Tennessee is likely to see severe weather during the day on Saturday. The major threat of severe weather in East Tennessee is late Saturday afternoon and Saturday night. ——— On the Net: National Weather Service: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/ Published in The Messenger 4.23.10

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