Emergency shelters opening, plans in place for severe storms

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JOHNSON CITY, TN (WJHL) – In light of severe weather expected to hit the region, some emergency shelters have decided to open:

Greene County Mayor David Crum said the following emergency shelters will opened at 4 p.m. Tuesday in the county:

  • Opportunity House, 203 N. Irish St.
  • Debusk Volunteer Fire Department, 599 Debusk Road
  • Mosheim Volunteer Fire Department, 7700 W. Andrew Johnson Highway

News Channel 11’s Chief Meteorologist Mark Reynolds said an excess of 70 mph damaging winds, heavy rain and possibly some hail are expected with these storms.

For those heading out to Kingsport to participate in Fun Fest activities, here is the event’s weather statement from online:

“Fun Fest events go on rain or shine. Events may need to be delayed due to weather, but we try not to cancel any if possible. In the event of severe weather with thunder and lightning, events will stop or be delayed until we receive the “all clear”. In those extreme cases, please be cautious and return to your vehicle or the nearest facility. Do not wait it out under a tree or around metal fencing, bleachers, etc.,” according to http://www.funfest.net.

Fun Fest Concert Weather Statement:

  • Decisions on concerts depend on weather conditions that can change rapidly.
  • Concerts are delayed if lightning is in the area.
  • To stay informed sign up for text alerts by texting “Festus” to 74574.
  • If the stadium is evacuated due to lightning or unsafe conditions you will be asked to return to your car or go to the dome.
  • Continuation of concerts depends on the safety of everyone.
  • In case of only rain it is the artists’ decision when or if the concert will go on.
  • We make every effort to have a performance because they cannot be rescheduled and tickets are non refundable.

Tune in tonight News Channel 11 all day for complete severe weather coverage and updates from Storm Team 11, as well as check back on WJHL.com for updates as they become available.

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