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Heavy rain and severe weather possible from the northern/central Plains to the Upper Midwest

Heavy rainfall and severe thunderstorms are expected across portions of the northern and central Plains, pushing eastward into the Upper Midwest by Wednesday. These severe thunderstorms may be capable of producing large hail and damaging winds, and possibly some tornadoes. Read More >

Tornado Watch #134 issued at 1940 UTC 10 April 2009
URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
TORNADO WATCH NUMBER 134
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
340 PM EDT FRI APR 10 2009
   
THE NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER HAS ISSUED A
TORNADO WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF 
   
       CENTRAL AND EASTERN ALABAMA
       NORTHERN GEORGIA
       FAR WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA
   
EFFECTIVE THIS FRIDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING FROM 340 PM UNTIL
1000 PM EDT.
   
...THIS IS A PARTICULARLY DANGEROUS SITUATION...
   
DESTRUCTIVE TORNADOES...LARGE HAIL TO 3 INCHES IN DIAMETER...
THUNDERSTORM WIND GUSTS TO 70 MPH...AND DANGEROUS LIGHTNING ARE
POSSIBLE IN THESE AREAS.
   
THE TORNADO WATCH AREA IS APPROXIMATELY ALONG AND 70 STATUTE
MILES EAST AND WEST OF A LINE FROM 55 MILES WEST NORTHWEST OF
ASHEVILLE NORTH CAROLINA TO 30 MILES SOUTHEAST OF ANNISTON
ALABAMA.  FOR A COMPLETE DEPICTION OF THE WATCH SEE THE
ASSOCIATED WATCH OUTLINE UPDATE (WOUS64 KWNS WOU4).
   
REMEMBER...A TORNADO WATCH MEANS CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE FOR
TORNADOES AND SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS IN AND CLOSE TO THE WATCH
AREA. PERSONS IN THESE AREAS SHOULD BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR
THREATENING WEATHER CONDITIONS AND LISTEN FOR LATER STATEMENTS
AND POSSIBLE WARNINGS.
   
OTHER WATCH INFORMATION...CONTINUE...WW 131...WW 132...WW 133...
   
DISCUSSION...INTENSE MID/UPPER LEVEL SYSTEM AND ASSOCIATED JETS WILL
CONTINUE TO FOCUS OUTBREAK OF SUPERCELLS EWD ACROSS WW THIS EVENING.
VERY FAVORABLE ENVIRONMENT IN PLACE FOR LARGE...DAMAGING HAIL ALONG
WITH POTENTIAL FOR LONG-TRACKED/DAMAGING TORNADOES.  TORNADO THREAT
WILL BE ENHANCED ALONG AND SOUTH OF WEDGE SURFACE FRONT OVER GA/AL
COUNTIES WITHIN WW.
   
AVIATION...TORNADOES AND A FEW SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WITH HAIL
SURFACE AND ALOFT TO 3 INCHES. EXTREME TURBULENCE AND SURFACE
WIND GUSTS TO 60 KNOTS. A FEW CUMULONIMBI WITH MAXIMUM TOPS TO
500. MEAN STORM MOTION VECTOR 25040. 
  
...EVANS