Severe Weather Causes Flash Flooding, Prompts Tornado Warnings

Posted at 4:45 PM, Aug 29, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-01 12:01:52-04

Remnants of Hurricane Harvey moved into Middle Tennessee causing flash flooding and prompting several Tornado Warnings throughout the Mid-State.

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While the National Hurricane Center downgraded Harvey to a Tropical Depression, it still brought severe storms to Tennessee and Kentucky.

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The Storm 5 Weather team issued a Storm 5 Alert on Thursday. Tornado Warnings began in Tennessee in the Memphis area Thursday afternoon. The storm continued to move into the area prompting warnings in Decatur, Lewis, and Lawrence counties first.

Rainfall from Thursday through Saturday was expected to reach between two to eight inches, with some areas seeing more.

The Tornado Warnings continued into several other counties Thursday evening and night, including Davidson, Robertson, and Williamson.

Nashville was hit by heavy rainfall which caused severe flash and areal flooding in Bordeaux and Whites Creek. The Nashville Office of Emergency Management urged residents along Knight Road, Lickton Pike, and Buena Vista to leave the area.

Four roads were closed in Nashville due to high water:

  • Ponder Place from 10th Ave North to Athens Way
  • Regent Dr. at Anchorage Dr.
  • S 5th St. from Sylvan St. to Shelby Ave.
  • Vantage Way from French Landing Dr. to Great Circle Rd.

The Live on the Green Music Festival and Nashville Sounds game were both canceled as a result of the storms.

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Multiple reports of a tornado were made in Mt. Pleasant. Emergency Management officials in that area said multiple power poles were brought down during the storm.

Centerville in Hickman County also saw flash flooding. Officials said one truck became stuck in high water, but there were no reports of serious damage. 

Multiple school districts decided to close on Friday because of the severe weather.

Flooding remained a threat throughout Friday morning as wrap-around rain behind the remnants of Harvey continued to bring waves of light to moderate rain across the Mid-State.

The heaviest rain fell during the overnight and daybreak hours with the rain becoming lighter into Friday afternoon.

Light rain will linger mainly East of Interstate 65 Friday evening with partly cloudy skies returning for Saturday.

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