Metro's Emergency Operations Center was partially activated ahead of a weather system that has caused tornadoes and blizzard conditions across the west. The storms were expected to bring much cooler temperatures and another round of storms to Middle Tennessee.
The system has already caused at least 11 deaths in Texas alone, as tornadoes swept through the Dallas area on Saturday. That, plus the severe flooding in Missouri and Illinois, was the latest in a succession of severe weather events across the country in the last week that led to at least 43 deaths.
As the front moves through Tennessee, a line of thunderstorms also pushed across the area. The forecast called for the possibility of a few of those storms severe.
In preparation, Metro's Emergency Operations Center partially activated at 10 a.m. Monday, and remained active for the duration of the event.
The EOC was deactivated around 2:30 p.m. when the main threat of strong storms passed through the area. There were several reports of downed trees and power lines throughout Davidson County.
The main threat from the latest round of severe weather was heavy rains and damaging winds, and was expected to hit parts of the area between 1-4 p.m. in counties such as Dickson, Montgomery and Hickman.
A Flash Flood Watch remained in effect, with 1-2 inches of rainfall.
By the early evening hours, the storm threat would diminish as temperatures drop into the upper 40s.
Meanwhile, around 31 Red Cross volunteers have been working non-stop since Christmas Eve, helping dozens of Tennesseans recover from last week’s tornadoes. At least six people were killed in the storms.
If you want to help the Red Cross call 1-800-REDCROSS or visitredcross.org/donate. You can also contact your local chapter.