[review]The National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for all of Middle and East Tennessee, including Scott and surrounding counties, until 8 p.m. EDT Thursday evening.

To the north, McCreary County remains under a severe thunderstorm watch until 2 p.m. EDT.

The watch was issued shortly before 2 p.m., as a line of thunderstorms pressed southwest from Kentucky to the Tennessee border. The storms prompted a number of severe thunderstorm warnings in Kentucky, with the National Weather Service warning of winds up to 60 miles per hour and penny-sized hail. However, warnings were not being issued on the Tennessee line of the border, due in part to some weakening as the storms moved south.

A separate line of storms was prompting severe thunderstorm warnings near the Smoky Mountains in East Tennessee, but remained east of the Cumberland Plateau.

According to meteorologists, there will be a chance for isolated thunderstorms throughout the afternoon once the main line of storms has cleared the region. A hazardous weather outlook issued by the NWS weather field office in Morristown stated that the storms carry the potential for damaging winds, large hail and locally heavy rainfall.


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