Be on the lookout for severe weather overnight tonight in western North Carolina and into the Piedmont in the early morning hours. I'll be covering the Town Board of Aldermen meeting tonight in franklin, and will not be able to keep an eye on this storm from 7ish to 9ish tonight.
You should probably stock up on extra batteries for flashlights and make sure your NOAA All Hazards Radio has extra batteries as well. It looks like it will be a long night. If the lightning is not shrouded in rain, I intend on trying to capture some shots of that and perhaps grab some audio of the thunder as well.
You can receive updated information via GSP Office of the National Weather Service, if you live outside WNC and Upstate SC, check the National Page and click on the map for information where you live.
Here is the text of the Severe Thunderstorm Watch #094 that was issued along with the above graphic:
URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH NUMBER 94 NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK 305 PM EDT MON APR 4 2011 THE NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER HAS ISSUED A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF EASTERN KENTUCKY EXTREME WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA SOUTHEAST OHIO EASTERN TENNESSEE EXTREME WESTERN VIRGINIA WESTERN WEST VIRGINIA EFFECTIVE THIS MONDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING FROM 305 PM UNTIL 900 PM EDT. HAIL TO 0.5 INCH IN DIAMETER...THUNDERSTORM WIND GUSTS TO 70 MPH...AND DANGEROUS LIGHTNING ARE POSSIBLE IN THESE AREAS. THE SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH AREA IS APPROXIMATELY ALONG AND 50 STATUTE MILES EAST AND WEST OF A LINE FROM 20 MILES NORTHWEST OF PARKERSBURG WEST VIRGINIA TO 65 MILES SOUTH OF CROSSVILLE TENNESSEE. FOR A COMPLETE DEPICTION OF THE WATCH SEE THE ASSOCIATED WATCH OUTLINE UPDATE (WOUS64 KWNS WOU4). REMEMBER...A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH MEANS CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE FOR 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. SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS CAN AND OCCASIONALLY DO PRODUCE TORNADOES. OTHER WATCH INFORMATION...CONTINUE...WW 89...WW 90...WW 91...WW 92...WW 93... DISCUSSION...WELL-DEVELOPED SQUALL LINE WILL CONTINUE TO SURGE EWD THROUGH THE AFTERNOON/EVENING WITH A CONTINUED RISK FOR DAMAGING WINDS. GRADUAL BOUNDARY LAYER MOISTENING AND SOME CLOUD BREAKS WILL SUPPORT WEAK SURFACE-BASED INSTABILITY...WHILE STRONG LOW-MIDLEVEL FLOW WILL SUPPORT DAMAGING WINDS WITH MOMENTUM TRANSFER TO THE SURFACE IN BOWING SEGMENTS. AVIATION...A FEW SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WITH HAIL SURFACE AND ALOFT TO 0.5 INCH. EXTREME TURBULENCE AND SURFACE WIND GUSTS TO 60 KNOTS. A FEW CUMULONIMBI WITH MAXIMUM TOPS TO 450. MEAN STORM MOTION VECTOR 26055. ...THOMPSON