NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Strong to severe storms are expected Wednesday evening moving east overnight. A moderate risk (4/5) has been expanded and now includes Trigg, Christian, Todd, Muhlenberg, Montgomery, Henry, Stewart, Houston, Humphreys, Benton, Decatur, and Carroll Counties.
An enhanced risk (3/5) is in effect for the I-65 corridor and areas west including Nashville, Mt. Juliet, and Murfreesboro. A slight risk (2/5) is in effect for areas east of I-65 including Shelbyville, Cookeville, and Crossville.
Timing of storm threat
A line of storms sets up between 4 and 6 pm in West Tennessee then crossing the Tennessee River between 7 and 9 pm. Between 9 and 11 pm, storms will be approaching I-65. After midnight storms will move towards The Plateau and will be in East Tennessee by 2-3 am Thursday. The main threat will come from strong gusty winds, but cells that pop out in front of the mainline could spin leading to the possibility of tornadoes.
Heavy rain is also a concern. A Flood Watch is in place because some communities could pick up between 1 and 2 inches of rain in a short amount of time. If you live in a flood plain, stay alert!
The flood threat comes one day after strong storms caused flooding in parts of Middle Tennessee, resulting in road closures.
A Wind Advisory is in place for all of Middle Tennessee and Southern Kentucky as wind gusts could get over 45mph. Secure loose objects outside or bring them inside if possible.
All modes of severe weather are possible including damaging winds, large hail, heavy rain, and tornadoes (some strong). Please have a safety plan ready and a way to get warnings.
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