UPDATE: 10:35 p.m.
KINGSPORT — A significant weather advisory has been issued tonight by the National Weather Service in Morristown for the Tri-Cities area.
The advisory is in effect until 11:30 p.m. and area includes Sullivan, Washington and Carter counties.
At 10:18 p.m. Doppler radar was tracking a strong storm near Johnson City capable of producing wind gusts up to 45 mph and small hail.
Locally heavy rainfall, as well as frequent cloud to ground lightning, is expected with this storm.
KINGSPORT — The National Weather Service in Morristown issued a special weather statement earlier today due to the possibility of more heavy rainfall hitting the region.
The weather statement is in effect until 9 p.m. According to the NWS, slow moving thunderstorms are developing across the East Tennesssee valley and southern Appalachian region.
Forecasters said the storms are likely to be slow moving with hourly rainfall rates ranging from one to two inches.
The statement pertains to Northeast Tennessee as well as Southwest Virginia. Some areas in those regions could experience localized flooding due to the ground, and many creeks and streams, already being saturated in those areas.
The wet conditions could also contribute to large trees being uprooted by thunderstorm winds.