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UPDATE: Severe T-storm warning issued for Sullivan, Scott; Fun Fest events impacted

Wes Bunch • Jul 18, 2013 at 8:39 PM

UPDATE: 6:36 p.m.

Fun Fest officials say Taste of the Tri-Cities has reopened after a weather delay, with tonight's concert expected to begin at 7:30 p.m.

UPDATE: 5:45 p.m.

Officials with Fun Fest are reportedly cancelling Taste of Tri-Cities activities at Memorial Park due to the threat of severe thunderstorms.

Those at the park are being asked to return to their vehicles, or head to the Dobyns-Bennett High School Dome, which is located across the street.

The Moonlight Hike at Bays Mountain Park was also cancelled earlier this afternoon.


KINGSPORT -- For the second day in a row, the National Weather Service in Morristown has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for portions of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia.

The warning is in effect until 5:45 p.m. and includes Sullivan County in Tennessee and Scott and Washington counties in Virginia.

Doppler radar reportedly indicated a line of severe thunderstorms capable of producing quarter-sized hail and damaging winds in excess of 60 mph.

The warning is attributed to a line of thunderstorms stretching from Bristol to Johnson City that were observed moving west at 10 mph.

The warning comes a day after severe thunderstorms dumped anywhere from three to five inches of rain on large portions of the Kingsport area. The heavy precipitation sparked flash flooding across the city and in some areas of Sullivan and Scott counties.

A flood advisory is still under effect for Sullivan and Scott counties in 6:30 p.m.

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