Some severe weather is moving across parts of East Tennessee Thursday afternoon.
Viewers are reporting large hail and high winds in many areas, especially in Jefferson, Sevier, and Blount Counties.
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Jefferson County dispatchers say they have reports of trees and powerlines down in various spots in the county. They say there was a house that had partially collapsed in the back on Dumplin Loop Road between Dandridge and New Market, but no one was home and there were no injuries.
Blount dispatchers say no specific damage has been reported, though they confirmed lots of hail. Sevier County dispatchers say they have no reports of damage.
Chief Meteorologist Todd Howell is tracking the storms in the 10Weather Center. All of East Tennessee is under a severe thunderstorm watch until 6 pm, though the threat could extend until 7 or 8 pm. Most of the storms will be pop-up in nature, instead of moving across the state in a line of severe weather.
The Storm Prediction Center has put East Tennessee under a SLIGHT RISK for severe weather for the rest of today.
The area of low pressure that is responsible for spawning hundreds of tornadoes in the past few days, is finally making a push toward the Great Lakes. This low will drag a cold front into our area later this evening and early overnight. With an unstable atmosphere setting up, strong winds aloft, severe weather is possible anytime after noon today for the Central Valley, but possible before noon for the Cumberland Plateau.
The main threat will be damaging wind, large hail (up to golf ball size), locally heavy rainfall and a slight chance for an isolated tornado. There is a slightly better chance for a tornado for the Cumberland Plateau. This severe weather event will last through the evening, but should come to an end after 10 pm tonight.
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