Flash Flooding Strands Some Drivers In Nashville

Posted at 8:20 PM, Jun 08, 2015
and last updated 2015-07-09 02:24:21-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Several Nashville drivers were left stranded Monday afternoon as their vehicles stalled in rising water caused by storms moving through the area.

A Storm 5 Alert was issued as a cold front pushed into Middle Tennessee. Ahead of it was enough atmospheric energy that caused two waves of storms.

The first non-severe wave moved through southeast of Nashville around noon. A stronger second wave with severe thunderstorm warnings developed across southern Kentucky and pushed southeast.

Heavy downpours dumped significant rainfall in Nashville as the storms moved across the area. A Flash Flood Warning was issued and was allowed to expire at 8 p.m.

Drivers were encouraged to be aware of ponding or flooding on roadways throughout the evening. Traffic was delayed on Interstate 65 North in Madison after a car became stuck in flood water in the far left lane.

Additionally, some drivers were stranded by localized flooding on Murfreesboro Road, not far from Thompson Lane. The roadway was briefly closed while the water receded.

Fortunately no one was hurt.

Several severe weather warnings were issued with the system as it continued pushing into Middle Tennessee.

One microburst occurred across southern Christian County earlier Monday morning around 7 a.m. Here's there damage report from the National Weather Service:

NWS storm survey reports DOWNBURST at 07:00 AM CDT -- microburst began at intersection of i-24 and cox mill road and end 4.5 miles sw hopkinsville along cox mill road. max wind 85 mph with path length 2.5 miles. path width 1/3 mile. dozens of trees uprooted or snapped along with downed tree limbs. areas of wheat and corn crops blown over. 1 shed damaged from fallen tree.