Flash Flood Watch In Effect For Chattanooga Through Thursday Afternoon As Strong Thunderstorms, Possible Hail Expected

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

A flash food watch is in effect for Chattanooga through Thursday afternoon.

Heavy rain was predicted to begin later Wednesday.

Officials said a slow-moving cold front will approach the Southern Appalachian Region late today and trigger scattered showers and thunderstorms over the region through Thursday.

Some of the storms may become strong to severe late Wednesday with the main threats being damaging winds, large hail and locally heavy rainfall leading to some flooding.

Here is the warning:

...FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT THROUGH THURSDAY AFTERNOON... THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN MORRISTOWN HAS ISSUED A * FLASH FLOOD WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF SOUTHWEST NORTH CAROLINA AND EAST TENNESSEE...INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING AREAS...IN SOUTHWEST NORTH CAROLINA...CHEROKEE AND CLAY. IN EAST TENNESSEE... ANDERSON...BLEDSOE...BLOUNT SMOKY MOUNTAINS...BRADLEY... CAMPBELL...CLAIBORNE...COCKE SMOKY MOUNTAINS...EAST POLK... GRAINGER...HAMBLEN...HAMILTON.

..JEFFERSON...JOHNSON...KNOX... LOUDON...MARION...MCMINN...MEIGS...MORGAN...NW BLOUNT...NORTH SEVIER...NORTHWEST COCKE...NORTHWEST MONROE...RHEA...ROANE... SCOTT TN...SEQUATCHIE...SEVIER SMOKY MOUNTAINS...SOUTHEAST CARTER...SOUTHEAST GREENE...SOUTHEAST MONROE...UNICOI...UNION AND WEST POLK. * THROUGH THURSDAY AFTERNOON * WIDESPREAD SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS WITH HEAVY RAINS WILL MOVE ACROSS THE WATCH AREA FROM THIS EVENING THROUGH THURSDAY. SINCE THE HEAVY RAINS MAY MOVE ACROSS THE SAME AREAS...LOCALLY HEAVY RAINFALL AND FLASH FLOODING ARE POSSIBLE. RAINFALL AMOUNTS BETWEEN 2 AND 3 INCHES ARE EXPECTED WITH LOCALLY HEAVIER AMOUNTS LIKELY. * LOCALIZED FLASH FLOODING OF LOW LYING AREAS...STREET FLOODING AND SMALL STREAM FLOODING ARE POSSIBLE. WATCH FOR FLOODING OF ROADWAYS ESPECIALLY IN POOR DRAINAGE AREAS. RIVERS MAY ALSO RISE RAPIDLY. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A FLASH FLOOD WATCH MEANS THAT CONDITIONS MAY DEVELOP THAT LEAD TO FLASH FLOODING. FLASH FLOODING IS A VERY DANGEROUS SITUATION. YOU SHOULD KEEP INFORMED...AND BE READY FOR QUICK ACTION IF FLOODING IS OBSERVED OR IF A FLASH FLOOD WARNING IS ISSUED. IF YOU COME TO A CLOSED OR FLOODED ROAD...TURN AROUND! DON'T DROWN!

Police Seek Lookout Mountain Man, 73, Missing Since Friday; Van Reportedly Found At Trion

The Dade County Sheriff's Department is looking for Freddie Wooten, 73. Mr. Wooten was driving a 2002 Ford Windstar minivan with the license plate number, THM1418. He was last seen wearing a light blue shirt and navy pants. His van was reportedly found in a pool in Trion, Ga., with no sign of him. Anyone who has seen Mr. Wooten, or has information regarding the case, ... (click for more)

Dog Saves Woman From Fire At Highway 58 Area

A homeowner reported that her dog saved her life early Friday morning. At 12:52 a.m. , the homeowner called 911 reporting a fire at 8411 Providence Road (Highway 58 area). The Highway 58 Volunteer Fire Department responded and arrived reporting a log cabin with flames coming through the roof. Firefighters worked quickly to contain the fire, but it was a challenge due to  ... (click for more)

Don't Be Quick To Discard Common Core

Let's not be too quick to discard Common Core. A recent article in the Tennessean on  Sunday detailed Common Core successes the Kingsport, Tennessee school system.  I encourage you to read it.  The article also noted that Tennessee was recently ranked as one of the fastest improving states in education after implementing portions of the Common Core curriculum ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: UVa --Time For Change

The University of Virginia is, by any measure, one of the finest universities in the world. I have long admired it, whether covering dozens of sports events, cavorting with countless friends, or benefitting repeatedly from the surgical skills of the late world-class humanitarian Frank McCue. But today there is a terrible pall over “Mr. Jefferson’s university” – no, make that a ... (click for more)

Football Mocs Receive No. 8 Seed For FCS Playoffs

The hugs, high fives and first pumps by the Tennessee at Chattanooga football players late Sunday morning let everyone know in Moc Nation that the Blue and Gold had received a highy-coveted seed and would be hosting a second round NCAA FCS playoff game Dec 6 at Finley Stadium at 1 p.m. "When the television announcers called our name as the No.8 seed (out of eight ... (click for more)

Missouri Hangs On, Turns Back Tennessee, 29-21

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Missouri pin-pricked Joshua Dobbs’ bubble of invincibility Saturday night at Neyland Stadium. The nationally ranked Tigers drove a stake in Tennessee’s heart with Maty Mauk’s 73-yard touchdown pass to Jimmie Hunt in the fourth quarter, held Dobbs in check most of the game and beat the Vols, 29-21, before 95,821 fans on a chilly night on the banks of the Tennessee ... (click for more)