As Hurricane Ida turns inland all of Middle Tennessee is under a flash flood watch as up to 2-5 inches of rain is expected between Monday evening and Wednesday morning.
Showers and thunderstorms started Monday afternoon, and are expected to become more widespread overnight and into Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service in Nashville. Ida, which has now been downgraded to a tropical depression could hit the Middle Tennessee starting at 7 a.m. Tuesday.
There is a severe weather threat for Monday night, with the possibility of isolated tornadoes and damaging winds, according to the NWS Nashville. The main area of concern is south of I-40.
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Current watches, warnings and alerts
A flash flood warning has been issued in Macon, Smith, Sumner, Trousdale and Wilson counties until 8 p.m. Monday.
A flash flood watch is in effect across Middle Tennessee until 1 a.m. Wednesday.
What to do during a flash flood warning
NWS recommends the following during a flash flood warning.
- Do not drive through flooded areas especially at night when it is harder to gauge water depth. Consider the possibility that the roadway may have collapsed due to erosion. (You won’t be able to tell, if the road is covered by water. You also might drive into a washout.)
- If your vehicle stalls due to water, abandon it immediately and seek higher ground. Rapidly rising water may sweep the vehicle and its occupants away.
- Be familiar with the surrounding land features and be prepared to head for higher ground if necessary.
- Stay tuned to NOAA Weather Radio and local radio and television for the latest statements, watches, and warnings concerning heavy rain and flash flooding.
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