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Tornado Watch 61
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WW0061 Radar
Hazard Tornadoes EF2+ Tornadoes
Likelihood High Moderate
Severe Wind 65 kt+ Wind
Moderate Moderate
Severe Hail 2"+ Hail
Moderate Moderate

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   SEL1
   
   URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
   TORNADO WATCH NUMBER 61
   NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
   320 PM EST FRI MAR 2 2012
   
   THE NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER HAS ISSUED A
   TORNADO WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF 
   
          NORTHERN GEORGIA
          WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA
          UPSTATE SOUTH CAROLINA
          EASTERN TENNESSEE
          FAR WESTERN VIRGINIA
   
   EFFECTIVE THIS FRIDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING FROM 320 PM UNTIL
   1100 PM EST.
   
   TORNADOES...HAIL TO 1.5 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 95 STATUTE
   MILES EAST AND WEST OF A LINE FROM 30 MILES WEST NORTHWEST OF
   BRISTOL TENNESSEE TO 50 MILES SOUTHEAST OF CHATTANOOGA TENNESSEE.
    FOR A COMPLETE DEPICTION OF THE WATCH SEE THE ASSOCIATED WATCH
   OUTLINE UPDATE (WOUS64 KWNS WOU1).
   
   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 56...WW 57...WW 58...WW
   59...WW 60...
   
   DISCUSSION...TSTMS RAPIDLY INTENSIFYING OVER NRN AL AND SRN MIDDLE
   TN ARE EXPECTED TO MOVE INTO WATCH AREA FROM THE WEST WITH
   ADDITIONAL IN SITU STORM FORMATION POSSIBLE ALONG WARM FRONT LIFTING
   NWD THROUGH THE SRN APPALACHIANS.  AIR MASS WILL CONTINUE TO
   DESTABILIZE WITH THE NWD PROGRESSION OF WARM FRONT WITH MLCAPE
   VALUES INCREASING TO 500-1500 J/KG.  WHEN COUPLED WITH STRONG
   DEEP-LAYER SHEAR AND ENHANCED LOW-LEVEL SHEAR/VORTICITY ALONG WARM
   FRONT...SETUP WILL FAVOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF SUPERCELLS CAPABLE OF A
   FEW TORNADOES...DAMAGING WINDS AND SEVERE HAIL.
   
   AVIATION...TORNADOES AND A FEW SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WITH HAIL
   SURFACE AND ALOFT TO 1.5 INCHES. EXTREME TURBULENCE AND SURFACE
   WIND GUSTS TO 60 KNOTS. A FEW CUMULONIMBI WITH MAXIMUM TOPS TO
   500. MEAN STORM MOTION VECTOR 25040.
   
   
   ...MEAD
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