The National Weather Service has issued a a Tornado Warning in effect until 4:45 pm for the western area of Washington County, VA. This does not include the Emory area at this time. In addition, we are under a Tornado Watch until 8:00 pm this evening due to the current weather patterns that have the potential to develop tornadoes. A Severe Thunderstorm Warning is in effect until 4:45 pm for our area.
Please be aware of the weather throughout the night. The National Weather Service for Morristown, TN, has issued a weather alert for our general area due to the potential for a significant outbreak of severe thunderstorms to the Southern Appalachian Region. The bigger severe threat for this region is the potential for supercell thunderstorms to develop. Supercell storms are rotating in nature and have the potential to produce very large hail, destructive straight line winds, and possibly tornadoes. In the event weather conditions worsen, be prepared to move quickly to a safe shelter, preferably a basement or an interior room such as a bathroom or closet.
In the event of a tornado, you will hear the siren sound and an e-alert will follow with precautionary steps to be taken. Go to the basement or first floor level of your building, or to the area of the building with the least amount of windows.