Remnants of Alberto could bring severe weather to Middle Tennessee

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Alberto’s effects on Middle Tennessee escalates throughout Tuesday. 

Not only will the intensity of the rain pick up, but flooding and even severe thunderstorms are going to be possible. 

Flash Flood Watches are in effect for most of Middle Tennessee beginning Tuesday morning through Wednesday morning. Check the latest weather advisories at wkrn.com/alerts.

TIMING: Light showers early with tropical downpours developing by lunch time and towards the evening commute. Alberto passes north tonight with improving conditions late.

WIND: Sustained winds increase to 20-25 mph with gusts approaching 35-40 mph at times.

SEVERE: In this case, the east side of Alberto could generate severe thunderstorms this afternoon. Areas along I-65, including Nashville, and points towards the plateau could have a few strong storms. Wind gusts in excess of 50 mph and an isolated tornado is possible within this area.

RAIN: Widespread rainfall amounts of 1-2 inches. Localized amounts closer to 3 inches by tonight. While most roads won’t flood, be extra careful on secondary streets with low spots. If you see a road completely covered with water, turn around and take an alternative route.

Keep an eye on the radar at wkrn.com/radar.

Alberto’s center lifts north late calming the weather by Wednesday morning. However, more afternoon storms are in the forecast the remainder of the week. Get the latest forecast at wkrn.com/forecast.

Alberto made landfall Monday afternoon in the Florida Panhandle and then weakened to a depression overnight as it churned inland.

Though the storm had weakened, it still is capable of potentially life-threatening flash floods in coming hours or days as the vast system spreads over much of Alabama and large areas of Georgia – and eventually into Tennessee and the Carolinas.

Authorities did not directly attribute any deaths or injuries immediately to Alberto. But in North Carolina, a television news anchor and a photojournalist were killed Monday when a tree uprooted from rain-soaked ground toppled on their SUV as they covered storms on the fringes of the big, ill-defined system.

 

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