Severe Thunderstorms and Heavy Rain Expected in the East and Central Plains Tuesday Evening

Linda Lam
Published: August 13, 2019

Strong to severe thunderstorms will threaten parts of the East and central Plains Tuesday evening along a frontal system draped across those regions.

NOAA's Storm Prediction Center has issued the following severe weather watches:

-A tornado watch valid until 7 p.m. MDT for eastern Colorado, northwestern Kansas and southwestern Nebraska. This watch area includes Goodland, Kansas, and North Platte, Nebraska.

-A severe thunderstorm watch valid until 9 p.m. CDT for Middle and southeastern Tennessee. This watch area includes Nashville.

-A severe thunderstorm watch valid until 9 p.m. EDT for central and eastern North Carolina and southeastern Virginia. This watch area includes Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina, and Norfolk, Virginia.

-A severe thunderstorm watch valid until 2 a.m. CDT for parts of southwestern and central Kansas. This watch area includes Garden City and Hays, Kansas.


Current Radar, Watches and Warnings

In the East, severe thunderstorms are most likely to develop from the southern mid-Atlantic into the Tennessee Valley. This includes Norfolk, Virginia; Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina; Charlotte, North Carolina; and Nashville, Tennessee. Damaging wind gusts and flash flooding are the primary threats from the storms.

Heavy rain resulted in some street flooding in the Nashville metro area Tuesday afternoon. Minor structural damage and downed trees were also reported in Lebanon, Tennessee, some 30 miles east of Nashville, where thunderstorms produced strong, gusty winds.

Farther west, severe storms are also expected in the central High Plains Tuesday evening, mostly likely from eastern Colorado into western Kansas and southwestern Nebraska. Those storms could spawn large hail, damaging winds and a few tornadoes.


Tuesday's Severe Thunderstorm Forecast

Twin tornadoes touched down north of Kirk, Colorado, Tuesday afternoon, as seen in various photos shared on social media by storm chasers.

The front will produce more showers and thunderstorms as it moves into the South on Wednesday.

A few severe storms could develop from southeastern Virginia into the eastern Carolinas, southern Georgia, southern Alabama, southern Mississippi and Louisiana.


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