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Thursday storms expected to arrive mid-morning

Mary E. Hinds maryhinds@lebanondemocrat • Updated Jul 26, 2013 at 10:04 PM

If Wednesday's 80-plus degree temperatures seemed too good to be true, they were.

Capt. Steve Spencer with the Wilson Emergency Management Agency said Tuesday afternoon the latest from the National Weather Service the predicted impact time of 5-10 a.m. changed. Storms are now expected in Middle Tennessee on Thursday from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. NWS forecasters also predict 1-2 inches of rain with the system.

"This means the heating of the day could influence the strength of the storms compared to a daybreak impact time," Spencer said.

He said Tuesday afternoon forecasters expected the line of storms position near the Mississippi River around midnight, near the Tennessee River around daybreak and move through Wilson County at midday.

"The weather service does not expect a large tornado outbreak from this event, however, strong winds and a spin-up tornado from a thunderstorm cell is possible," he said. "With the uncertainty of the timing, I expect the time of impact will be pushed back even more, but won't know that until in the morning."


Spencer said another storm briefing is scheduled for Thursday at 9:30 a.m. to refine the forecast.

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