Tropical storm Isaias (pronounced ee-sah-ee-ahs) how now formed in the Caribbean and is currently working through Hispaniola. The projected path has changed a bit from yesterday but is expected to still impact Florida by the weekend. Landfall could be made on the eastern seaboard of Florida and again in North Carolina by early next week. Time will tell but for now, let family and friends in the area know of the impacts and to plan accordingly.
Here at home, drought conditions remain similar to those of last week. Abnormally dry conditions stick around for east TN and far western TN. The good news is rainfall is expected this afternoon, Friday, and parts of Saturday which should help combat the drier conditions we are seeing.
Rainfall totals vary model to model, but it is agreed the bulk of rainfall will stay north and west of our area. With that said, anywhere from half an inch to an inch and a half can be expected now through Saturday evening. Strong to severe storms are possible today and again Friday bringing localized heavy rainfall to some counties (bringing slightly higher totals for some).
Showers and storms are already developing in the Plateau and moving east late this morning. Expect these to become more widespread by the afternoon bringing with it heavy rain, small hail, gusty winds, and lightning. A Marginal risk for severe weather is in place today meaning severe potential is low but not out of the question. Much of the same can be expected for Friday and parts of Saturday before sunnier skies and drier air works in Sunday and next week.
As showers and storms continue to develop this afternoon, check in for updates on impacts and location. We'll also keep a close eye on the Caribbean today and the days ahead. Have a good Thursday and stay dry!
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