Chattanooga: 70 percent chance of tornadoes Wednesday, officials say

Chattanooga: 70 percent chance of tornadoes Wednesday, officials say

April 26th, 2011 by Pam Sohn in Local - Breaking News

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

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WEATHER WARNINGS

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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.