Thursday, December 3, 2020

Rutherford, Williamson counties under tornado watch


A tornado watch has been issued for parts of southern Middle Tennessee, including Rutherford and Williamson counties until 10 p.m.

A tornado watch indicates weather conditions that could become a tornado spin-up are present, but does not indicate that such a storm has been spotted. 


The counties include: 

  • Bedford
  • Cannon
  • Coffee
  • Cumberland
  • De Kalb
  • Giles
  • Grundy
  • Hickman
  • Lawrence
  • Lewis
  • Marshall
  • Maury
  • Perry
  • Rutherford
  • Van Buren
  • Warren
  • Wayne
  • White
  • Williamson

A slight risk of severe storms started late morning on Tuesday in Middle Tennessee as showers and thunderstorms move back into the area. 

The National Weather Service in Nashville issued a flash flood watch for about two dozen counties south of Interstate 40. 

This watch does not include Davidson or Williamson counties. It covers primarily the southern third of the state.

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At least 1 to 2 inches of rainfall are possible across the watch area, with locally higher amounts possible.

The flash flood watch began at 7 a.m. Tuesday and was in place until 1 a.m. Wednesday.

Localized flooding from heavy rains is possible. Isolated tornadoes could spin out from the storm.

Forecasters said the biggest threat is from potentially damaging straight-line winds and large hail in the storms. 

The NWS urges residents to have more than one way to receive weather information, possibly including telephones, weather radios and local alerts and broadcasts. Tornado sirens are designed to be heard outside and may not be audible in a home. 

“Now is the time to review and/or put together your family’s safety plan. Know where to go for shelter if you go under a warning now and not when you actually go under that warning,” the NWS said. 


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Reach reporter Mariah Timms at or 615-259-8344 and on Twitter @MariahTimms

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