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Severe Thunderstorm Watch Issued For Parts of Mid-State

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued by the National Weather Service for much of Middle Tennessee, with forecasters keeping a close eye on the southern and southeastern parts of the mid-state.

Forecasters said the storm system could produce hail up to 1 inch in diameter, wind gusts up to 70 miles per hour, as well as dangerous lightning.

The thunderstorm watch includes Bedford, Cannon, Clay, Coffee, Cumberland, DeKalb, Fentress, Giles, Grundy, Jackson, Lawrence, Macon, Marshall, Overton, Pickett, Putnam Rutherford, Smith, Trousdale, Van Bureau, Warren, White, and Wilson Counties. Davidson County is not included in the watch.

A tornado watch has been issued for Lincoln and Moore Counties until 7 p.m. Thursday.

The line of storms moved in slowly from the west overnight. 

NewsChannel 5 meteorologist Lelan Statom said the threat is greater from Nashville eastward where daytime heating could re-energize the line of storms.

Metro's Office of Emergency Management partially activated the Emergency Operations Center at 9 a.m. in anticipation of the storms. Metro OEM staff continues to monitor the approaching weather system with assistance from the National Weather Service. For information about storm related road closures, any evacuation areas or routes, shelters and relief centers, go here

The threat of storms could continue across the mid-state through 7 p.m. before exiting the Cumberland Plateau.

Several schools in the mid-state closed early due to the severe weather threat. See the Storm Watch School Closings for the most updated information.

The NWS said April is the peak month for Severe Weather across Middle Tennessee. 

(The Associated Press Contributed To This Report.)

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