Thunderstorms blast Lakeway Area
A series of strong thunderstorms passed through East Tennessee Wednesday afternoon and evening, generating tornado warnings, strong winds, hail and heavy rain.
Meteorologist Jerry Hevrdeys, with the National Weather Service office in Morristown, said .71 inches of rain was recorded at the weather office with the system.
During the storms, the NWS received reports of one-inch hail five miles southwest of Tazewell and trees down in Claiborne, Cocke, Greene and Hancock counties. Luckily, no tornadoes ever developed with the system.
Once the rain moved out, the moist atmosphere coupled with cooling temperatures and calm winds led to many parts of East Tennessee being blanketed in areas of heavy fog.
The forecast for Thursday afternoon and evening calls for a chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon, with high temperatures in the upper 80s and lower 90s.
Hevrdeys said the possibility of thunderstorms continue into the weekend, with the highest risk across Southwest Virginia and Northeast Tennessee.
On Friday, there is a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon, with highs in the lower 90s. The change of showers and thunderstorms increases to 40 percent Friday evening into Saturday.
The Climate Prediction Center recently issued its long-range forecast for the country for September through November. For East Tennessee, the forecast calls for above normal temperatures through the fall and near-normal precipitation for the three-month period, Hevrdeys said.
-By Denise Williams, Tribune Staff Writer