Severe Thunderstorm Warning Issued for Eastern Tennessee and Southwestern Virginia

Published 4:24 pm Thursday, September 7, 2023

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MORRISTOWN – The National Weather Service in Morristown has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for several counties in eastern Tennessee and southwestern Virginia. This warning is in effect until 5:15 PM EDT.

At 4:15 PM EDT, a severe thunderstorm was located near Hampton, approximately 9 miles east of Elizabethton, and was moving northeast at a rate of 15 miles per hour.

The primary hazards associated with this severe thunderstorm include:

  • 60 MPH Wind Gusts: These strong winds can cause damage to roofs, siding, trees, and vehicles.
  • Quarter-Size Hail: Hailstones of this size can result in damage to vehicles.

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Locations expected to be impacted by this severe weather include Mountain City, Hampton, South Holston Dam, Hunter, Doeville, Neva, Harr, Sadie, Elk Mills, and Shady Valley.

Residents in the affected areas are urged to take immediate precautions:

  • Seek shelter indoors in a sturdy building.
  • Stay away from windows.
  • Avoid outdoor activities.
  • Be aware of the potential for lightning strikes. If you can hear thunder, you are close enough to be struck by lightning.
  • Torrential rainfall is occurring, which may lead to flash flooding. Do not attempt to drive through flooded roadways.

Stay tuned to local news sources and weather updates for the latest information on this severe thunderstorm.