Tornado Watch Remains in Effect for Eastern Georgia and Western Parts of the Carolinas


This morning, tornado watches still remain in effect for western South Carolina, western & central North Carolina, and most of Georgia through 1 pm EDT. No active warnings are in effect right now, but keep yourself storm aware and vigilant for any rapidly changing weather. Look for further updates on my twitter at your favorite media outlet or radio station. Here is the latest information on the tornado watch.

URGENT – IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
TORNADO WATCH NUMBER 149
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
600 AM EDT SAT APR 16 2011

THE NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER HAS ISSUED A
TORNADO WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF

CENTRAL AND EASTERN GEORGIA
WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA
WESTERN AND CENTRAL SOUTH CAROLINA

EFFECTIVE THIS SATURDAY MORNING AND AFTERNOON FROM 600 AM UNTIL
100 PM EDT.

TORNADOES…HAIL TO 1.5 INCHES IN DIAMETER…THUNDERSTORM WIND
GUSTS TO 70 MPH…AND DANGEROUS LIGHTNING ARE POSSIBLE IN THESE
AREAS.

THE TORNADO WATCH AREA IS APPROXIMATELY ALONG AND 80 STATUTE
MILES EAST AND WEST OF A LINE FROM 20 MILES NORTH NORTHWEST OF
CHARLOTTE NORTH CAROLINA TO 55 MILES SOUTH SOUTHEAST OF MACON
GEORGIA. FOR A COMPLETE DEPICTION OF THE WATCH SEE THE
ASSOCIATED WATCH OUTLINE UPDATE (WOUS64 KWNS WOU9).

REMEMBER…A TORNADO WATCH MEANS CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE FOR
TORNADOES AND SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS IN AND CLOSE TO THE WATCH
AREA. PERSONS IN THESE AREAS SHOULD BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR
THREATENING WEATHER CONDITIONS AND LISTEN FOR LATER STATEMENTS
AND POSSIBLE WARNINGS.

OTHER WATCH INFORMATION…THIS TORNADO WATCH REPLACES TORNADO
WATCH NUMBER 147. WATCH NUMBER 147 WILL NOT BE IN EFFECT AFTER
600 AM EDT. CONTINUE…WW 148…

DISCUSSION…SATELLITE AND VWP DATA SHOW AN UPR LVL IMPULSE ENTERING
MIDDLE TN ATTM…ROUNDING BASE OF SLOWLY-PROGRESSIVE IL UPR LOW.
ASCENT DOWNSTREAM OF THIS FEATURE…COUPLED WITH INCREASINGLY MOIST
LOW-LVL INFLOW UP THE SAVANNAH RVR VLY AND GA/SC CSTL PLN…MAY
SUPPORT SUSTENANCE OF EXISTING TSTMS MOVING INTO/ACROSS WW
AREA…AND/OR SUPPORT NEW DEVELOPMENT. COUPLED WITH STRENGTH AND
CHARACTER OF WIND FIELD…AND EVENTUAL ONSET OF DAYTIME HEATING…
SETUP MAY YIELD A FEW SUPERCELLS POSING A THREAT FOR TORNADOES…
ADDITION TO LOCALLY DMGG WIND.

AVIATION…TORNADOES AND A FEW SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WITH HAIL
SURFACE AND ALOFT TO 1.5 INCHES. EXTREME TURBULENCE AND SURFACE
WIND GUSTS TO 60 KNOTS. A FEW CUMULONIMBI WITH MAXIMUM TOPS TO
500. MEAN STORM MOTION VECTOR 24040.

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