Severe storms expected for East Tennessee Wednesday

Severe storms expected for East Tennessee Wednesday


KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Strong storms are likely in East Tennessee Wednesday, bringing with them a chance for flooding, wind damage and hail.

The system will hit the Cumberland Plateau area around 2 p.m. EST and reach the valley by 6-7 p.m.

Scattered thunderstorm cells with straight line winds as high as 60 mph are predicted. There is also the chance for hail 1" in diameter or larger.

Within the individual cells, heavy and fast downpours will likely cause some localized flooding.

The system contains remnants of the same system that produced an EF-5 tornado in Moore, Oklahoma on Monday, but the fragments that remain and will hit East Tennessee do not carry the same potential for tornadoes.

There is a very remote chance for an isolated tornado in Greene County, Lee County, Va. and the Tri-Cities area.

6 News Meteorologist Julya Johnson said overall the likelihood of seeing a tornado from this system in the 6 News viewing area is very, very low.

The system is expected to leave the area by 11 p.m.

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