Tornado watch issued for Chattanooga area

Tornado watch issued for Chattanooga area

December 22nd, 2011 by Staff Report in Local - Breaking News

The Chattanooga sky this afternoon. A tornado watch has been declared for the Southeast Tennessee, North Georgia and western North Carolina through 11 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.

Photo by Harrison Keely/Times Free Press.

A tornado watch has been declared for the Southeast Tennessee, North Georgia and western North Carolina through 11 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.

Heavy rains and thunderstorms will be passing through the area with rates as much as 1 inch per hour, the weather service states.

Localized stream flooding is possible, but no widespread flooding is predicted as of this afternoon.

The watch is issued for Hamilton, Bradley, Polk, Cherokee, Dade, Walker, Catoosa, Whitfield, Murray and Chattooga counties.

Refresh this page for more information as it becomes available.

Follow breaking weather alerts on Twitter and on Facebook.

Email your weather photos to webeditor@timesfreepress.com