THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN MORRISTOWN HAS ISSUED A * TORNADO WARNING FOR... SULLIVAN COUNTY IN EAST TENNESSEE... SCOTT COUNTY IN SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA... WASHINGTON COUNTY IN SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA... CITY OF BRISTOL IN SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA... * UNTIL 1245 AM EST * AT 1208 AM EST...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO NEAR WEBER CITY...OR NEAR GATE CITY. DOPPLER RADAR SHOWED THIS TORNADO MOVING EAST AT 45 MPH. * LOCATIONS IN THE WARNING INCLUDE... BRISTOL TN...BRISTOL VA...HILTONS...BLOUNTVILLE AND BENHAMS.
The National Weather Service has extended Tornado Watch 48 to include the following areas until 9 PM EST this evening.
In Tennessee this watch includes one county
In East Tennessee
In Virginia this watch includes two counties
In Southwest Virginia
In Virginia this watch includes one independent city
In Southwest Virginia
City of Bristol
This includes the cities of Abingdon, Bristol, Kingsport and Lebanon.
The National Weather Service has placed the following locations under a tornado / thunderstorm watch until 9:00 p.m.:
Hancock and Hawkins Counties in Tennessee
Lee, Scott, and Wise Counties in Virginia.
Forecasters say there's a moderate risk of severe storms this afternoon and evening across the Tri-Cities region.
Hail up to the size of a quarter, winds in excess of 60 mph are expected with the strongest of the storms.
There's also a chance of tornadoes.
Showers and thunderstorms are expected well in advance of a cold front moving into the region later today.
Forecasters at the Morristown Bureau of the National Weather Service expect the thunderstorms to move to the northwest sections of the region during the afternoon.
The storms should move through the area by late afternoon and evening.
Some of the afternoon and evening thunderstorms could be strong or severe with the main threats being damaging winds and hail up to the size of a quarter.
There is also a chance of a few isolated tornadoes.
The storms should weaken late tonight as the air mass becomes more stable.
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