Tornado watch issued for Western North Carolina, Upstate has increased tornado risk
Powerful low-pressure system sparks severe weather outbreak
THAT COULD COMPROMISE THE SOIL THERE. WE DO HAVE A NEWLY ISSUED TORNADO WARNING, WHICH IS JUST ACROSS THE BORDER IN TENNESSEE HERE. SO WE’LL WATCH CHEROKEE COUNTY NORTH CAROLINA, VERY CLOSELY IS THAT CELL IS ROTATING BACK. THAT WAY WE’LL GO IN AND DISSECT THAT STORM IN JUST A MOMENT, BUT LOOK AT SOME OF THIS ACTIVITY HERE THAT’S MOVING INTO THIS VERY UNSTABLE AIR MASS HERE THAT IS BECOMING INCREASINGLY UNSTABLE. NOTHING SEVERE HERE, BUT THESE CELLS THAT ARE OFF BY THEMSELVES ARE STRENGTHENING HERE AND WE’RE STARTING TO SEE SOME LIGHTNING WE HAVEN’T HAD LIKE ALL DAY WE’VE BEEN BEEN SO COOL. AND SO DRIZZLY. DO I HAVE AN ESTIMATED TIME FOR SILVA TO BE HIT A ME ASKING THEIR IN WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA THE TIME FRAME HERE IS REALLY NOW THROUGH 6 A.M. FOR MOST OF THE AREA CULLOWHEE SILVA PARTS OF HAYWOOD JACKSON COUNTY. I THINK YOUR THREATS IS REALLY NOW BETWEEN NOW AND 3:00 A.M. SO KEEP THAT IN MIND ABOUT FIVE MORE HOURS FOR THE UPSTATE. YOUR THREAT IS MORE LIKE A.M. TO 5 A.M. MAYBE EVEN 6 A.M. HERE FOR SPARTANBURG CHEROKEE UNION IN LAURENS COUNTY, BUT WATCHING THIS ACTIVITY IN NORTH GEORGIA STARTING TO STRENGTHEN HERE KAYLA ASKS, WHAT WHEN IS THE TIME THAT WE NEED TO BE ON ALERT IN SPARTANBURG? REALLY? HONESTLY ANYBODY THAT’S LISTENING TO THE SOUND OF MY VOICE IN THE WESTERN CAROLINAS HERE AND AND NORTHEAST, GEORGIA. YOU NEED TO BE ON ALERT NOW BECAUSE I’M STARTING TO SEE SOME ACTIVITY THAT’S IN NORTH GEORGIA. THAT’S BEAR WATCHING AND SOME OF THIS ACTIVITY HERE IS ALSO WORTH WATCHING BECAUSE WE’RE INCREASINGLY UNSTABLE WITH A THIS AMOUNT OF WIND ENERGY IN THE ATMOSPHERE HERE. WHAT ELSE DO WE HAVE HERE? SEE HERE. IS UPSTAIRS CLOSED IN AREA? EVER SAFER THAN AN OPEN DOWNSTAIRS AREA SURROUNDED BY WINDOWS. JENNIFER IF YOU’RE IN A FIRST FLOOR THAT WOULD BE THE THAT WOULD BE THE KEY IF YOU CAN STAY SOMEWHERE I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND BEING ON THE SECOND FLOOR. I THINK THAT MOST OF THE TIMES IF A TORNADO HITS YOUR HOME. ROOF IS ONE OF THE FIRST THINGS TO GO AND IF YOU’RE ON THE SECOND FLOOR THAT BECOMES MORE DANGEROUS A DOWNSTAIRS BATHROOM UNDERNEATH THE STAIRWELL IS REALLY A SAFE PLACE BECAUSE THOSE STAIRS TEND TO HOLD UP STRUCTURALLY IN SITUATIONS LIKE THAT. SO I WOULD ALWAYS RECOMMEND SOMEBODY BEING ON THE FIRST FLOOR OF YOUR HOME. EVEN IF IT DOES HAVE SOME WINDOWS YOU CAN TRY TO FIND A NOOK OR CORNER THERE THAT DOESN’T HAVE WINDOWS. WH WHAT ELSE DO WE HAVE HERE? LEE OLSON WATCHING HELLO TO YOU GUYS. WHAT IS OUR BIGGEST THREAT FOR THOSE OF US NORTH OF THAT? I-85? HERE’S THE I-85 CORRIDOR REALLY STRONG WINDS AND TORNADOES ARE A THREAT FOR EVERYBODY STRONG WIND THREAT IS SOMETHING TO REALLY WATCH CLOSELY. YOU KNOW THE TORNADO THREAT IS IN IT OF ITSELF A VERY SERIOUS THING, BUT ALL OF US ARE LIKELY TO SEE SOME STRONG WINDS AMY SAFEST PLACE UNDER HOUSE IN A CRAWL SPACE ITS TALL OR AN INTERIOR CLOSET BATHROOM, AMY FROM WHAT I HEAR FROM FROM STRUCTURAL ENGINEERS THE BEST THING THAT YOU KNOW, YOU WOULD NEVER WANT TO LEAVE YOUR HOUSE TO GET BACK UNDERNEATH YOUR HOUSE IN A TORNADIC SITUATION BECAUSE DEBRIS FLYING AROUND WHETHER IT BE A TREE LIMBS, WHAT HAVE YOU IS THE MOST DANGEROUS PART OF A TORNADO SO LEAVING YOUR HOUSE TO GET BACK UNDER THE CRAWLSPACE PROBABLY BE A DANGEROUS THING. SO I WOULD SAY AN INTERIOR CLOSET IN YOUR HOME WOULD WOULD BE THE SAFEST PLACE. WHAT ELSE DO WE HAVE HERE? KAREN SAYS SHE’LL BE WATCHING ALL NIGHT. THANKS, KAREN. BE SAFE. WE’LL BE HERE WATCHING IT WITH YOU. WHAT TIME AND HARTWELL GEORGIA ANYTIME NOW BETWEEN NOW AND 4:00 A.M. FOR HEART WILL BEND AND STACY WATCHING HELLO TO YOU GUYS. WHAT ELSE DO WE HAVE HERE? I LIVE IN AN OLD HOUSE SURROUNDED BY TREES NOT A SINGLE ROOM DOESN’T HAVE A WINDOW. SO I PARKED MY VEHICLES TO BLOCK MY WINDOWS AND BRING THE KIDS INTO MY ROOM JOHN. THAT’S THE KIND OF THING. YOU REALLY SHOULD BE DOING RIGHT NOW IS PREPARING YOUR HOME AND IF YOU HAVE TIME GET OUT THERE DO THE SAME THING JOHN’S DOING TAKE NOTE OF YOUR HOUSE. IS THERE A SAFER AREA OF YOUR HOUSE? MAYBE EVERYBODY HAS A SLEEPOVER IN A CERTAIN ROOM TONIGHT MAKE IT FUN BECAUSE IT’S ONE OF THOSE NIGHTS WHERE IF YOU SEE THAT THERE COULD BE SOME WIN SOME TREES COME DOWN, YOU KNOW, MAYBE SLEEP ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE HOUSE. I KNOW IN MY HOUSE. WE’VE GOT A LARGE AMBASSADOR BEDROOM, SO IN A NIGHT LIKE TONIGHT, WE’D SLEEP IN THE LIVING ROOM. SO IT’S ONE OF THOSE SITUATIONS YOU WANT TO TAKE NOTE OF YOUR HOUSE AND WHERE YOU COULD BE. I’M GOING TO DRIVE THE RADAR ON OVER HERE TO PART THE TENNESSEE TO WATCH THIS STORM BECAUSE WE DO HAVE A STRONG THUNDERSTORM THAT’S IMPACTING. WAITING GRAHAM COUNTIES, AND THERE IS THIS ACTIVE TORNADO WARNING THAT IS IN TENNESSEE HERE NEAR TURTLE TOWN FEELING TOWARD TELECO PLANES. WE CAN SLICE THIS AND LOOK AT IT MORE CLOSELY. IS IT DOES LOOK IT’S MOVING MOVING FAST. I MEAN THESE STORM SYSTEMS. OUR JUST BOOKING IT. RACING OFF TOWARD THE NORTH AND EAST RIGHT HERE. SO LET’S PUT AN ID ON IT. IT’S IN SOUTHEASTERN, TENNESS THIS DOES INCLUDE SOUTHEAST OF BITTEN. IT’S MOVING AT 60. FIVE MILES PER HOUR. CAN YOU GUYS BELIEVE THAT 65 MILES PER HOURS HOW FAST THIS STORM IS MOVING THERE IN TENNESSEE. SO THESE ARE BOOKING IT OFF TOWARD THE NORTH AND EAST AND I’M JUST GOING TO TURN THE RADAR OFF HERE AND LOOK AT ACTIVE ALERTS HERE ACROSS THE AREA BECAUSE WE HAVE SEVERAL OF THEM THAT ARE BACK TOWARD THE WEST RIGHT HERE. WE’VE GOT THE ONE TORNADO WARNING IN TENNESSEE. WE’VE GOT GOT ACTIVE TORNADO WARNINGS IN ALABAMA. AND YOU GO BACK TOWARDS SOUTHERN ALABAMA THIS LINE. WHICH ARE GOING TO LIKELY SEE IT START TO LIGHT UP WITH MOORE TORNADO WARNINGS. I’LL TURN ON THE RADAR NOW AND YOU CAN SEE IT IS IT’S SOMEWHAT A BROKEN LINE WRONG. BUT LET ME PUSH THIS ONE IN HERE. HERE WE GO. THAT LINE IS REALLY STARTING TO CRANK UP AND YOU’VE GOT THIS OTHER UPPER LEVEL SYSTEM BACK HERE TOWARD ARKANSAS AND NEAR THE MISSISSIPPI THAT’S A SECONDARY LINE OF VERY STRONG WINDS SO WHAT YOU’RE GOING TO SEE HERE IS OUTFLOW FROM THIS. ACTIVITY HERE IN ARKANSAS. IT’S GOING TO TRY TO CATCH UP WITH SOME OF THIS ACTIVITY. IF NOT KIND OF KICK IT INTO GEAR HERE IN A PARTS OF ALABAMA. SO THAT’S SOMETHING TO WATCH VERY CLOSELY AS WE GO INTO THE OVERNIGHT HOURS AS YOU’RE LIKELY TO SEE THIS LIGHT UP WITH MORE ACTIVITY AS THIS IS A VERY VERY STRONG LINE. I’M GOING TO PAUSE IT HERE BECAUSE NEAR BIRMINGHAM THE I-65 CORRIDOR PUSHING INTO ATLANTA AND THE GEORGIA LINE VERY QUICKLY. ALL RIGHT, SO THAT’S THAT’S THE CASE. THEY LET ME RUN THROUGH THE MODELS HERE FOR YOU. SO THEY’RE HERE IS WHERE WE STAND AT 10:15 P.M. ACTIVE TORNADO WARNINGS TORNADO WATCH TORNADO WATCHES AND SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNINGS UP AND DOWN THE SLIME. IT IS MOVING EASTBOUND. SO LOOK AT HOW MUCH MORE GROUND IT HAS TO COVER HERE FROM BIRMINGHAM TO ATLANTA BEFORE IT HITS GREENVILLE. YOU’VE GOT TO ACTIVITY THAT IS FORMING OUT AHEAD OF IT, WHICH ARE THESE CELLS RIGHT HERE, WHICH WE’RE REALLY GOING TO HAVE TO WATCH CLOSELY. YOU KNOW, WE DON’T HAVE THAT MUCH INSTABILITY QUITE YET. IT REALLY CRANKS UP AFTER MIDNIGHT. BUT IF WE CONTINUE TO GET THESE LITTLE CELLS POPPING UP RIGHT HERE THOSE WILL NEED TO BE WATCHED CLOSELY. IN FACT, THERE’S ONE RIGHT THERE THAT WILL JUST REALLY GOING TO HAVE TO WATCH BECAUSE THEY’RE DISCRETE THEY’RE OFF BY THEMSELVES AND ALL HAVE TO DO IS CLIMB TO A CERTAIN LEVEL AND BOOM. THEY START SPINNING AROUND, BUT THEN YOU GOT THIS LINE THAT’S GOING TO MOVE ON THROUGH THAT HAS VERY VERY STRONG WINDS AND AN EMBEDDED TORNADOES IN IT. SO HERE’S A LOOK AT THE TORNADO WATCH BOXES NORTH OF ATLANTA THROUGH WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA. LOOK A LITTLE BIT CLOSER HERE THIS TORNADO WATCH THE FIRST ONE FOR OUR AREA GOES UNTIL 2:00 A.M. WE’LL LIKELY HAVE MORE TORNADO WATCHES THAT ARE ISSUED ANOTHER TORNADO WATCH BOX HERE FOR NORTH GEORGIA AND OUR ENTIRE AREA UNDER THE HIGH RISK FOR SEVERE WEATHER INTO THE OVERNIGHT HOU THREAT HERE AT PERCENT CHANCE A ONE-IN-TEN SHOT AT SEEING A TORNADO IN THE AREAS IN RED AND THE HATCHED AREAS MEAN THAT THOSE TORNADOES COULD BE ON THE STRONG SIDE EF2 OR GREATER IN STRENGTH. THAT’S THE DANGEROUS PART HERE AND THE FACT THAT IT’S MOVING IN DURING THE OVERNIGHT HOURS, PLEASE. IN STRESS IT ENOUGH IF YOU CAN HAVE A WEATHER WATCHER IN YOUR FAMILY SOMEBODY THAT’S OKAY STAYING UP HAVING A CUP OF COFFEE MAY BE PLAYING SOME GAMES WATCHING TV TONIGHT HAVE A WAY TO BE ALERTED TO THOSE STORMS AS THEY MOVE THROUGH IF YOU DON’T HAVE THAT OPTION CRANK UP YOUR TV THE CRANK UP YOUR TELEPHONE YOUR CELLPHONE’S OF VOLUME SO THAT IF A WARNING IS ISSUED, YOU’RE GOING TO HEAR IT MAKE SURE YOUR PHONE IS NOT ON SILENT TONIGHT ONE OF THOSE NIGHTS YOU REALLY NEED TO BE ALERT HERE COMES THIS LINE NOTICE HOW IT STARTS T AT EASTERN. A BAMA STARTS TO MOVE INTO GEORGIA HERE AROUND 2:00 A.M. AND I THINK 2 A.M. AND BEYOND WE’RE GOING TO REALLY START TO SEE THIS CRANK THROUGH OUR AREA NOTICE THOSE INDIVIDUAL CELLS HERE THAT ARE POPPING UP. THESE COULD BE EMBEDDED TORNADOES IN THIS LINE, WHICH IS WHY WE HAVE SUCH A THREAT GOING INTO THE OVERNIGHT HOURS AND BY 5:00 6:00 A.M. IT’S BOOKING IT OUT OF OUR AREA AND MOVING THROUGH THE I 77 CORRIDOR WHERE THE SUN WILL BE COMING UP THEIR CONDITIONS GETTING MORE UNSTABLE AND WE C HAVE ANOTHER IN THE EASTERN CAROLINA. IS THROUGH THE DAY TOMORROW. MEANWHILE WE HAVE THIS ACTIVITY BACK HERE WITH THE UPPER LOW AND PARTS OF MIDDLE, TENNESSEE HERE. SO WE’LL WATCH FOR THAT ACTIVITY THAT COULD SWING THROUGH IN THE MID MORNING HOURS AND THEN IT GETS VERY WINDY. MOST OF TOMORROW WILL BE A VERY WINDY DAY. SO NOTICE HOW OUR TORNADO PARAMETERS ARE STARTING TO CREEP UP. YOU NOTICE SOME OF THOSE STORMS. I JUST SHOWED YOU IN THE SOUTHERN PART OF THE UPSTATE. THEY’RE TAPPING INTO THE DEVELOPING INSTABILITY ACROSS THE AREA AND NOTICE AS WE GO THROUGH THE 11 O’CLOCK HOUR. WE’VE GOT ENOUGH INGREDIENTS HERE THAT ANYTHING THAT FORMS COULD BEGIN TO ROTATE AND THOSE INGREDIENTS ONLY GET HIGHER AS WE GO THROUGH THE TWO A.M. OUR AS MOST OF THE MOUNTAINS AND THE UPSTATE HAVE INGREDIENTS THERE AND IN PLACE FOR POTENTIAL ROTATING THUNDERSTORMS AND TORNADOES THE STAY WITH US THE AROUND 3:00 OR 4:00 A.M. AND THEN WHICH IS OFF TOWARD THE EAST ARE SO I’VE GOT THIS OTHER MAP THAT HELPS ME OUT HERE. ALL OF MY MAPS ARE GUIDANCE. THEY JUST HELP ME DRIVE TO A FORECAST. NONE OF THEM ARE SET IN STONE AND EACH ONE TELLS ME SOMETHING THAT HELPS GET TO THE END GOAL OF A FORECAST HERE HERE AT 3:30. I’M SEEING MULTIPLE LINES, THAT COULD BE ROTATING. THIS IS AS THE LANE LINE ROLLS THROUGH BUT IN EMBEDDED IN THAT LINE COULD BE SOME ROTATING THUNDERSTORMS SOME OF WHICH COULD BE LONG TRACK WHICH MEANS THEY’RE ON THE GROUND FOR A LONG PERIOD OF TIME SOME COULD ROTATE. AIR FOR A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME AND THEN GO BACK UP, BUT NONETHELESS YOU SEE HERE. WE’VE GOT ROTATING THUNDERSTORMS ALL THE WAY THROUGH 5:00 OR 6:00 A.M. AND LIKE I SAID, IT’S GOING TO BE A VERY WINDY NIGHT WITH THOSE WIND FIELDS AROUND THAT LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM. THAT LOW LEVEL JET BRINGING IT DOWN TO THE GROUND HERE. WE’VE GOT 30 40 EVEN 50 MILE-PER-HOUR WIND GUSTS GOING INTO THE EARLY PART OF TOMORROW 70 MILE PER HOUR WIND GUST EVEN POSSIBLE WITH SOME OF THIS AND THEN THOSE EMBEDDED THUNDERSTORMS AS WE MOVE ON THROUGH SO IT IS AN ALERT DAY SEVERE WEATHER IS LIKELY TO IMPACT YOUR FAMILY TONIGHT. THAT’S WHY IT’S SO IMPORTANT TO HAVE A HAVE A WAY TO RECEIVE THOSE WARNINGS. YOUR FIRST STEP IN DOING THAT IS ONE TO BE AWAKE IF SOMEBODY CAN BE AWAKENED YOUR HOUSE TONIGHT, MAYBE IN SHIFTS. THAT IS HONESTLY THE SAFEST THING YOU COULD DO, YOU KNOW, I’VE BEEN TELLING PEOPLE TO TAG A WHETHER BUDDY ON FACEBOOK OR INSTAGRAM. SO TELL ME WHO YOUR WEATHER BUDDY IS THERE AND WE’LL TRY TO KEEP YOU UP TO DATE AS CONDITIONS WEREN’T WEREN’T WILL BE WATCHING THE STORM ALL IT LONG I’M NOT GOING ANYWHERE UNTIL THESE STORMS ARE OUT OF OUR AREA. SO WATCHING IT CLOSELY THERE ARE PEOPLE THAT LIVE IN SECOND FLOOR APARTMENTS KAYLA BEST PLACE. YOU CAN DO THERE IF YOU’RE IN A SECOND-FLOOR APARTMENT IS BEING TO YOUR BATHROOM SAFEST PLACE IN THAT TYPE OF SITUATION IS A BATHROOM BECAUSE OF THE PIPES IN THE WALLS THERE SO WATCHING THIS ACTIVITY THAT’S MOVING THROUGH TENNESSEE, NORTH GEORGIA. WE’VE ALSO GOT SOME STORM CELLS HERE ACROSS THE UPSTATE THAT ARE THAT ARE ALL WELL BELOW SEVERE. SYRIA BUT BEAR WATCHING AS CONDITIONS CONTINUE TO GET MORE UNSTABLE. SO WE ARE GOING TO CONTINUE TO KEEP YOU POSTED. OF COURSE WYFF NEWS 4 AT 11 O’CLOCK AN HOUR EDITION. IT’S COMING UP HERE IN JUST 40 MINUTES. I’M GOING TO GET A FEW MORE THINGS READY FOR THAT. IT WILL COME CUT BACK IN AS CONDITIONS WEREN’T HERE ON FACEBOOK AND ON OUR APP. SO MAKE SURE YOU HAVE THAT DOWNLOADED. IT’S A FREE APP. YOU CAN GO TO YOUR APP STORE RIGHT NOW AFTER THIS BROADCAST IS OVER DOWNLOAD IT FOR FREE RIGHT THERE AND WE’LL ALERT Y
Tornado watch issued for Western North Carolina, Upstate has increased tornado risk
Powerful low-pressure system sparks severe weather outbreak
Our entire area has a high risk for severe weather Sunday night and early Monday morning, according to Chief Meteorologist Chris Justus. A tornado watch was issued for Western North Carolina about 9 p.m.Latest watches, warnings here Interactive radar | Extended forecast Chris says most the Upstate has been placed in a higher risk for tornadoes overnight.The Storm Prediction Center says the Upstate area has a 10% chance to have a tornado within 25 miles of any point. They said if the area sees a tornado it could be EF-2 or greater in strength.Chris says storms are possible at any time this evening through 8 a.m. Monday, with a better chance between 2 a.m. and 5 a.m. Make sure to download the WYFF News 4 app for the latest weather alert. Click here to learn how to sign up for customized alerts for your area.Flooding is also a threat, especially in the mountains. Chris said 2 to 4 inches will be possible and some of that could fall in a short period of time leading to flash flooding.Interactive radar | Extended forecastStorms will clear out early Monday morning with breezy conditions through the day. TORNADO SAFETY TIPSHere are some tips from the National Weather Service on how to stay safe during a tornado.The safest place to be is underground like in a basement.If you don’t have a basement: A small, windowless interior room or hallway on the lowest level of the sturdy building is the safest alternative.Mobile homes are not safe during tornadoes. The National Weather Service says you should abandon mobile homes and get to the nearest sturdy building you can find. Being outside in severe weather is never a good idea, but if you get caught outside and can’t find shelter you should:Get back into your car and buckle you seat belt.Drive to the closest sturdy shelter.If debris starts flying around while you are driving pull over and park.Stay in your vehicle with your seat belt on.Try to get your head below the windows and cover it with your hands and a blanket if you have one.For more tornado safety tips click here
Our entire area has a high risk for severe weather Sunday night and early Monday morning, according to Chief Meteorologist Chris Justus.
A tornado watch was issued for Western North Carolina about 9 p.m.
Chris says most the Upstate has been placed in a higher risk for tornadoes overnight.
The Storm Prediction Center says the Upstate area has a 10% chance to have a tornado within 25 miles of any point. They said if the area sees a tornado it could be EF-2 or greater in strength.
Chris says storms are possible at any time this evening through 8 a.m. Monday, with a better chance between 2 a.m. and 5 a.m.
- Make sure to download the WYFF News 4 app for the latest weather alert. Click here to learn how to sign up for customized alerts for your area.
Flooding is also a threat, especially in the mountains. Chris said 2 to 4 inches will be possible and some of that could fall in a short period of time leading to flash flooding.
Storms will clear out early Monday morning with breezy conditions through the day.
TORNADO SAFETY TIPS
Here are some tips from the National Weather Service on how to stay safe during a tornado.
- The safest place to be is underground like in a basement.
- If you don’t have a basement: A small, windowless interior room or hallway on the lowest level of the sturdy building is the safest alternative.
- Mobile homes are not safe during tornadoes. The National Weather Service says you should abandon mobile homes and get to the nearest sturdy building you can find.
Being outside in severe weather is never a good idea, but if you get caught outside and can’t find shelter you should:
- Get back into your car and buckle you seat belt.
- Drive to the closest sturdy shelter.
- If debris starts flying around while you are driving pull over and park.
- Stay in your vehicle with your seat belt on.
- Try to get your head below the windows and cover it with your hands and a blanket if you have one.
For more tornado safety tips click here