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Published on April 11, 2024
Knoxville Braces for Severe Weather with High Winds, Storms, and Flooding in ForecastSource: Unsplash/Suhyeon Choi

Today's weather is particularly rough patch for East Tennesseans as a strong weather system moves through, promising showers and thunderstorms – some of which could turn severe. High wind speeds, reaching up to 35 mph with even higher gusts, are stirring more than leaves, but concerns about localized flooding and property damage, according to the National Weather Service.

The advisory, pointing to a "100% chance of precipitation" and new rainfall amounting to one inch, indicates the storm system isn't playing favorites – every resident in its path should brace for a wet and blustery day. The National Weather Service also forecasted that tonight, the tempest is far from over, with continued showers and thunderstorms carrying into the early hours, though the winds are expected, ironically, to remain strong while the chance of precipitation drops to a promising 80%.

Friday won’t offer much respite, with the tempest's aftermath bringing a 30 percent chance of showers in the afternoon and a "breezy" feel as winds could continue to gust as high as 35 mph. Small hail could accompany these showers, being a capricious reminder of the cold breath still held in the storm's wake. The weekend, however, promises calmer skies, with sunshine and milder winds – a much-needed reprieve for the waterlogged region.

Despite the storm's obstinate force,  the public needs to be reminded that "gusty winds are likely for Thursday night and Friday behind the strong system," as per the NWS Hazardous Weather Outlook. Residents are advised to secure loose objects that might become airborne, potentially becoming hazards themselves. Driving conditions are expected to be tricky especially for those negotiating the roads in high profile vehicles – a caution extended as much to weekend travelers as it is to the weekday commuters.