published Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

Chattanooga: 70 percent chance of tornadoes Wednesday, officials say

Meteorologist Jeff House monitors weather sites Monday at the downtown TVA building. Bad weather is expected to hit the area this week.
Staff Photo by Angela Lewis/Chattanooga Times Free Press
Meteorologist Jeff House monitors weather sites Monday at the downtown TVA building. Bad weather is expected to hit the area this week. Staff Photo by Angela Lewis/Chattanooga Times Free Press
  • Local agencies prepare for tornado
    Dozens of representatives from local emergency management agencies gathered Tuesday to discuss the high probability of tornadoes from a storm forecast to hit East Tennessee on Wednesday afternoon and evening.
WEATHER WARNINGS

To get the latest severe weather updates, follow the Times Free Press on Twitter.

The Chattanooga region has a 70 percent chance of seeing a tornado on Wednesday, officials said today.

Normally, the region’s highest chances for a tornado during severe weather ranges from 15 to 30 percent, Hamilton County Emergency Management Chief Bill Tittle told a roomful of emergency responders today.

Tittle was giving the responders a weather briefing today to prepare for Wednesday’s expected severe weather.

National Weather Service meteorologist David Hotz said forecasters’ main concern for the incoming storm system is it has potential to spawn “long-tracking, strong tornadoes” across the plateau and valley regions of Southeast Tennessee, Northeast Alabama, and Northwest Georgia.

The storms should hit the plateau between 3 and 6 p.m., the Tennessee Valley between 5 and 8 p.m., Hotz said.

For complete details, see tomorrow’s Times Free Press.

about Pam Sohn...

Pam Sohn has been reporting or editing Chattanooga news for 25 years. A Walden’s Ridge native, she began her journalism career with a 10-year stint at the Anniston (Ala.) Star. She came to the Chattanooga Times Free Press in 1999 after working at the Chattanooga Times for 14 years. She has been a city editor, Sunday editor, wire editor, projects team leader and assistant lifestyle editor. As a reporter, she also has covered the police, ...

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dude_abides said...

I hope you're right. I filmed the last one and it still makes me nauseous to look at it.

April 26, 2011 at 7:36 p.m.
john3347 said...

"WEATHER WARNINGS To get the latest severe weather updates, follow the Times Free Press on Twitter."

Why should I not just get the latest severe weather updates on timesfreepress.com???? Why should one follow you on twitter (or any other third party) when they can follow you directly???

April 26, 2011 at 11:53 p.m.
bofa83 said...

Wildman, I grew up in Chattanooga and have family there. I currently live in Raleigh NC and I posted something similar on a local site here a couple weeks ago. The next day, I still didn't believe it would ever hit me even as the news man jumped under his desk live on air before the power went out. I didn't take it seriously until I saw it rip through my neighborhood and decimate my street, leaving serious injuries and many homeless in its wake. DO NOT TAKE THIS LIGHTLY!!

April 27, 2011 at 11:43 a.m.
holdout said...

Hey wildman you can keep your tenner if you admit you were wrong.

April 27, 2011 at 12:29 p.m.
hcirehttae said...

Let's stop mocking the weathermen, as if you think you're smarter than they are. Meteorology is a very complex art/science involving mathematical models, past history, and human intuition. Some of the most gifted math and earth science students go into meteorology because of the challenge--and that's good. Let's not be anti-intellectual here. Light-hearted jokes about looking out the window to see the weather are one thing; however, we don't need to discourage people from taking seriously their predictions and warnings, by sneering at the unavoidable fact that sometimes forecasts are wrong.

April 27, 2011 at 4:33 p.m.
jrandallsexton said...

hey wildman. save the $10. you need it to buy some crow this morning. enjoy.

April 28, 2011 at 8:45 a.m.
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