A tornado watch was issued for Bradley and many surrounding counties today.
The watch was expected to expire at 2 p.m. but officials are closely monitoring a storm moving east to northeast and conditions are favorable for possible tornadic activity, according to the criteria of a watch.
The National Weather Service issued several advisories earlier today regarding the system that’s carrying the elements of danger.
“A strong cold front across the Mississippi Valley will move east across the Tennessee Valley this afternoon and evening. Widespread strong to severe thunderstorms will occur ahead of this cold front with strongest storms and greatest coverage in the late morning and afternoon areas,” according to NWS forecasters.
Damaging winds in excess of 60 mph and hail could result, forecasters said.
In the coverage area which includes most of east Tennessee, forecasters predict up to 2 inches of rain from the storm.
During Severe Weather Awareness Week, NWS managers in association with Tennessee Emergency Management Agency highlight the use of weather spotters and the important role they play in localizing and reporting hazards in real time and, in turn, that information getting to the general public. Managers also inform residents and citizens to be aware of impending flooding conditions and the dangers of severe weather events. Lightning is another important topic. The deceptive nature of lightning associated with thunderstorms is a major and often underrated killer. Tornado safety and discussion of severe storms, much like what Tennessee could experience today is also covered by forecasters and emergency managers.
In the event of damaging storms, including tornadoes, the basic safety rule is to get inside and stay there. A central closet or other sturdily built room away from windows is safest. Officials say to always stay informed and updated through various media outlets regarding possible severe weather.