Severe Weather Threat Diminishes Across Middle Tennessee
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – After two days of heavy rain and storms, the severe weather threat in Middle Tennessee was expected to diminish by Wednesday.
NewsChannel 5 Meteorologist Ron Howes said although there is at least a 60 percent chance of scattered thunderstorms on Wednesday, the weather is not expected to be a widespread event.
Another round of strong storms pushed through the area Tuesday afternoon, prompting many severe thunderstorm warnings.
A tornado warning was briefly issued for Dekalb County, but it was allowed to expire.
A strong cell moved through area of Edgar Evans State Park and Center Hill Lake just before 1 p.m. Anyone enjoying outdoor activities in the area was advised to find immediate shelter. People at three marinas on the lake said they were fortunate not to have any damage from the storm.
Monday night, many counties in the area were placed under a Tornado Watch as a line of storms moved across the state.
The NWS has also issued a flash flood watch until Tuesday evening for much of the Mid-State, with a forecast up to an additional three inches of rain in already saturated areas.
Benton, Carroll, Decator, Dickson, Giles, Hardin, Henderson, Henry, Hickman, Houston, Humphreys, Lawrence, Lewis, Marshall, Maury, Perry and Wayne Counties were included in the watch.
Severe of the Mid-state’s southwestern counties had 5 to 10 inches last week, causing several waterways and roads to flood.
NewsChannel 5 meteorologist Lelan Statom said the biggest threat should be wind and heavy rain for most of the area, but there could be some isolated strong to severe storms Monday afternoon. The biggest threat has been forecast for the evening hours.
Another round of strong to severe storms could move through Middle Tennessee Tuesday afternoon and evening. The projection was for high winds, heavy rain and hail, but an isolated tornado could not be ruled out.
Last week’s flooding claimed three lives. A 72-year-old man identified as Ralph Barr died Thursday after driving his car into standing water on a Lawrence County roadway.
Also in Lawrence County, 9-year-old Zacharie Allen Nielson drowned while playing near the Knob Creek on Saturday. Officials said he was overcome by the pressure of the swollen stream. He was pulled under by the current and into a large drainage pipe that runs underneath Knob Creek Road.
In Hickman County, 6-year-old Tristen Demumbran was pulled under by the current Thursday when the van driven by his mother was swept away in the swollen Beaver Creek near Centerville. His mother, grandmother and three siblings were able to find their way to safety.