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Severe Thunderstorm Watch for western NC until 4:00 PM

The NWS Storm Prediction Center has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for portions of Western North Carolina Upstate South Carolina Eastern Tennessee Effective this Wednesday morning and afternoon from 1005 AM until 400 PM EDT. * Primary threats include... Scattered damaging wind gusts to 70 mph likely Scattered large hail events to 1.5 inches in diameter likely SUMMARY...Clusters of storms, with both bowing and embedded supercell characteristics, will likely continue into the afternoon while spreading east-southeastward across eastern Tennessee into western North Carolina and the northern part of upstate South Carolina. Scattered damaging winds of 60-70 mph and large hail of 1-1.5 inches in diameter can be expected. The severe thunderstorm watch area is approximately along and 40 statute miles north and south of a line from 40 miles west northwest of Knoxville TN to 10 miles north of Charlotte NC. For a complete depiction of the watch see the associated watch outline update (WOUS64 KWNS WOU3). PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... REMEMBER...A Severe Thunderstorm Watch means conditions are favorable for 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. Severe thunderstorms can and occasionally do produce tornadoes.

Counties included in the watch: Alexander, Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston, Haywood, Henderson, Iredell, Jackson, Lincoln, Madison, McDowell, Mecklenburg, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Swain, Transylvania, Yancey


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