My goodness, what a busy day! Torrential downpours and loud thunder woke us up this morning and things only picked up by the afternoon. Flood warnings to numerous severe thunderstorms and even a couple tornado warnings marched through Middle Tennessee. National Weather Service surveyors will be out in Giles and Lawrence counties tomorrow checking out the damage so you’ll want to stay tuned for updates.
The amount of rain that fell in such a short time frame (close to six inches in localized spots) made for very dangerous road conditions. Though many warnings have expired, a Flash Flood Warning remains in effect for the Duck River at Columbia until 6:23 pm on Sunday.
Here’s how the radar currently shapes of (sigh of relief) — looking much better! Just a few showers for our southeastern counties and they continue sliding out on a southeasterly path. See all the ‘W’ and ‘H’ marks on the map? That’s where we have reports of wind damage and hail. Numerous reports of downed trees, power lines and large hail. Quite a mess.
Our viewer captures share a piece of what we experienced today. The first, taken from the front yard of a home in Marshall County, where rainfall totals clocked in at close to 6″. Unbelievable.
Here’s another from White House, where powerful winds knocked a tree into the bedroom of a man lying in bed. More to come on this on Channel 4 at 10 tonight.
A FLASH FLOOD WATCH remains in effect for Middle Tennessee through 9 AM on Sunday, which is now my main concern going forward.
Flooding causes more fatalities annually than any other thunderstorm hazard. The saying goes, “turn around, don’t drown!” It is not wise to attempt driving or even walking across a flooded road or low water crossing. The depth of the water is not something our eye can see, especially at night. Six inches of fast-moving water can knock you off your feet!
All this mess is associated with a departing area of low pressure…
See the light bands of rain over Missouri? That’s lingering moisture wrap around rain that will carry on into Middle Tennessee as scattered showers on Sunday. The good news? I do not expect a severe weather event out of this…just plain ‘ol rain.
Let’s map out the timing here…
Besides that, you can expect a much cooler day on tap!
This will be refreshing as 1. it is brief and 2. we’ll be back to well above average temperatures by Tuesday. The sunshine will only be a cherry on top!
I’ll have the full break down of shower and storm timing and your workweek forecast coming up on Channel 4 at 10 tonight! Meteorologist Dan Thomas will have updates bright and early tomorrow morning!