“The biggest danger for the area will be straight-line winds that can cause some damage,” Westland said. “The threat of tornado is low, but I wouldn’t say it’s zero.”
Westland said the storms are expected to hang in the area until about 1 a.m. Friday before moving eastward. Although rain is expected to be heavy, he said it’s unlikely the storm will have enough time to cause floods and further damage.
Westland said that while the tornado outlook is unlikely, residents should still be on alert and prepared in case of an emergency.
“The chance isn’t great, but people shouldn’t take that as no threat,” Westland said. “We’re just saying the chances are low.”
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