NOAA National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Watch effective now through 7 PM for Cumberland Co Putnam, White, Fentress and others In Middle Tennessee. A Tornado Watch is issued when weather conditions are favorable for the development of severe thunderstorms called a Supercell that are capable of producing tornadoes. A tornado watch therefore implies that it is also a severe thunderstorm watch. A tornado watch must not be confused with a tornado warning. In most cases, the potential exists for large hail and/or damaging winds in addition to tornadoes.
Today and Tonight Widespread thunderstorms are expected to move across middle Tennessee this afternoon and evening. Some storms may be strong to severe...with damaging winds...hail...and a possible tornado...especially west of interstate 65. Storms could also contain heavy rainfall...especially across southern middle Tennessee with the additional threat of isolated flash flooding. In addition to thunderstorms, the front will bring strong gusty winds.