Local agencies prepare for tornadoDozens of representatives from local emergency management agencies gathered Tuesday to discuss the high probability of tornadoes from a storm forecast to hit East Tennessee on Wednesday afternoon and evening.
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The Chattanooga region has a 70 percent chance of seeing a tornado on Wednesday, officials said today.
Normally, the region’s highest chances for a tornado during severe weather ranges from 15 to 30 percent, Hamilton County Emergency Management Chief Bill Tittle told a roomful of emergency responders today.
Tittle was giving the responders a weather briefing today to prepare for Wednesday’s expected severe weather.
National Weather Service meteorologist David Hotz said forecasters’ main concern for the incoming storm system is it has potential to spawn “long-tracking, strong tornadoes” across the plateau and valley regions of Southeast Tennessee, Northeast Alabama, and Northwest Georgia.
The storms should hit the plateau between 3 and 6 p.m., the Tennessee Valley between 5 and 8 p.m., Hotz said.
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Pam Sohn has been reporting or editing Chattanooga news for 25 years. A Walden’s Ridge native, she began her journalism career with a 10-year stint at the Anniston (Ala.) Star. She came to the Chattanooga Times Free Press in 1999 after working at the Chattanooga Times for 14 years. She has been a city editor, Sunday editor, wire editor, projects team leader and assistant lifestyle editor. As a reporter, she also has covered the police, ...