Tracking Harvey's impact in the Tri-Cities through Saturday


As moisture from Tropical Storm Harvey moves across the southeast US, we'll see some impacts here. The main impacts will come now through Saturday. We will not see anything like Texas saw, but some impacts can be expected here as the center of Harvey moves through Tennessee and Kentucky.


Possibility of scattered severe storms Friday afternoon and evening. Breezy conditions, with isolated gusts to 30-35 mph. Cooler, less than ideal, start to Labor Day Weekend (mainly Saturday)

As Harvey moves northwest of the area, we'll see some gusty southeast winds at times throughout the day on Friday. Wind speeds will be anywhere from 10-25 mph during the afternoon, with higher gusts in the mountains and adjacent foothills.

These southeasterly winds will cut into the rain totals and should (for the most part) leave the flood threat outside of the area. Heavier rain totals are likely across the Bluegrass State.

What we will have to watch out for, though, is the potential for a few stronger storms. The better chance of that is west of I-81, where southeasterly winds have less of a degrading impact to any rain/storms.

If a storm develops after 3 p.m. and before 8 p.m., it has the chance to become severe. This is thanks to changing wind speeds and directions throughout the atmosphere. Because of that, the tornado threat also isn't zero. While we don't want anyone freaking out about that, understand that that is a threat we'll watch out for later today.

Breezy conditions are expected Friday and Saturday as the center of Harvey approaches the area. Winds could gust near 40 mph in some of the mountains and foothills west of the Appalachians on Friday afternoon. It will be chilly Saturday for your outdoor plans, with highs only in the upper 60s to low 70s (cooler in the mountains)!

The good news? Sunday and Labor Day look much better, with daytime temperatures warming each day.

See the latest Storm Track 5 Forecast here.

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