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Thu April 18, 2013
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Storms Building, Will Sweep East Across Tenn.

Credit srh.noaa.gov/ohx/

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Strong thunderstorms are expected to develop across Tennessee today and tonight and some could become severe.

The National Weather Service says stormy weather will move into the state this afternoon as a squall line moves eastward out of Arkansas.

Nashville based meteorologist Tom Johnstone says the biggest risk is in West Tennessee as the storm’s squall line moves across the state.

“West of Interstate 65 there’s a relatively significant tornado threat; both tornados imbedded in the line of the storm, and there could even be a super-cell or two – a rotating stronger storm – out ahead of the line."

Johnstone says the squall line is due here in Middle Tennessee by late afternoon or evening. He expects the storm to weaken once the sun begins to set.

Heavy rain and strong winds could still cause problems for the mid-state. There’s a wind advisory in effect today. We may see gusts up to 40 miles an hour.

<?xml:namespace prefix = o />The temperature will drop significantly once the storm passes. We're expecting a high tomorrow near 60 degrees. There's a slight chance of frost tomorrow night.