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UPDATE 6: Possible severe weather for the Tennessee Valley Friday night

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UPDATE: 6:40 PM
 
CHATTANOOGA (WRCB)-- Strong to severe thunderstorms will continue across the Tennessee Valley Friday night and into the early morning hours Saturday.
 
Total rainfall amounts will measure 2-3 inches before the rain ends Saturday morning.
 
Strong winds and large hail will also be possible overnight.
 
We have several ways to keep you informed. Updated Watches and Warnings will scroll on the screen throughout the day. You can track and zoom the rain right to your neighborhood on the iRadar. Search "WRCB" for free local weather apps on iPhone and Droid. Other mobile devices can use m.WRCBtv.com. You can also interact with other viewers at Facebook.com/WRCBtv, Facebook.com/WRCBweather, Twitter.com/WRCBweather, and Twitter.com/WRCB. If you see weather problems and it is safe to do so, send a photo to pix@wrcbtv.com.
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UPDATE: 5:44 PM
 
CHATTANOOGA (WRCB)-- A Tornado Warning has been issued for Southeast Gordon, Georgia until 6:00 pm EDT.
 
A TORNADO WATCH will remain in effect for Gordon and Chattooga counties until midnight EDT.

Severe thunderstorms, damaging winds, and heavy rains at times are still possible later tonight.
 
We have several ways to keep you informed. Updated Watches and Warnings will scroll on the screen throughout the day. You can track and zoom the rain right to your neighborhood on the iRadar. Search "WRCB" for free local weather apps on iPhone and Droid. Other mobile devices can use m.WRCBtv.com. You can also interact with other viewers at Facebook.com/WRCBtv, Facebook.com/WRCBweather, Twitter.com/WRCBweather, and Twitter.com/WRCB. If you see weather problems and it is safe to do so, send a photo to pix@wrcbtv.com.
 
UPDATE: 1:46 PM
 
A solid shield of rain and thunderstorms stretching from the Cumberland Plateau to north Alabama is approaching the Sequatchie Valley from the west.
 
The activity is moving to the northeast and will gradually spread over the rest of the Channel 3 viewing area over the next several hours.
 
Some of these storms may turn severe this afternoon, but the bulk of the severe weather is expected to occur near and after sundown, ending in the eastern counties, the Blue Ridge of GA, and western NC after midnight.
 
Primary threats are still damaging straight line winds in the valleys and especially in the high elevations.
 
Large hail and heavy downpours will be possible, too. Although the chance of a tornado is very low, an isolated tornado can't be ruled out.
 
Here is a link to the latest outlook and breakdown from the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, OK.
-Nick Austin
  
Updated Friday April 15, 2011 at 4:40 pm
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CHATTANOOGA (WRCB)--Through the afternoon we can expect periods of heavy rain along with thunderstorms.  A cold front will bring strong to severe storms to the area this evening.  We will feel some of the effects as early as late morning and early afternoon.  Here is what you can expect..

WIND:

We will be under a WIND ADVISORY from 2pm to 3 am Saturday.  During that time period expect damaging winds of 20-30 mph with gusts to 40 mph are likely.  In the mountains, those wind gusts could be as high as 60 mph.  Downed trees and power lines are likely, and you should be prepared for your power to go out as well.

RAIN:

I would expect about 2-3inches of rain.  We will see a few showers and storms moving in late this morning into the early afternoon, but the main line of strong thunderstorms will not move through until this evening starting at about 7 o'clock.  The rain/storms will last until about midnight, then taper off through the overnight.

SEVERE:

We should expect small hail with the storms this evening.  There is also a slight risk of a weak tornado or 2.  The main threat, however, will be from damaging winds that will affect the entire Tennessee Valley.

Stay with Channel 3 Eyewitness News for your COMPLETE storm coverage.

-David Karnes

We have several ways to keep you informed. Updated Watches and Warnings will scroll on the screen throughout the day. You can track and zoom the rain right to your neighborhood on the iRadar. Search "WRCB" for free local weather apps on iPhone and Droid. Other mobile devices can use m.WRCBtv.com. You can also interact with other viewers at Facebook.com/WRCBtv, Facebook.com/WRCBweather, Twitter.com/WRCBweather, and Twitter.com/WRCB. If you see weather problems and it is safe to do so, send a photo to pix@wrcbtv.com.
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