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CODE RED: Severe weather threat for Middle TN weakens, flash flooding possible in KY

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UPDATE (May 4 - 10:30 p.m.)

A Flash Flood Warning remains in effect for Logan County in southern Kentucky until midnight.

As storms move into Middle Tennessee, Chief Meteorologist Katy Morgan says lightning and heavy rain are expected, but the severe weather threat remains low. Isolated, flash flooding is possible.

Storms will continue to weaken overnight into Wednesday morning.

There have been reports of flash flooding in Hopkinsville, KY. The NWS says between 1 and 3 inches of rain have fallen in the area. While the heavy rain has ended, it will take a bit more time for any lingering flooding to recede.


All Tornado and Severe Thunderstorm Warnings have cleared or expired across Middle Tennessee after storms swept across the region Tuesday morning. With the first wave of severe storms ending, what's next? 

After a lull in the storms, the next round will be possible ahead of a cold front Tuesday afternoon into evening. The main threat will be damaging winds with the possibility of a few spin-up tornadoes and localized flooding. 

A general timeframe for the storms looks to be between 4 p.m. to midnight.

Chief Meteorologist Katy Morgan says storms should remain isolated to scattered for the early evening, but could form into a line as the cold front pushes through the area. As of 7:45 p.m., Katy said there's still a small chance for a severe storm, but it's looking less likely as the evening goes on.

Most shower activity is expected to wrap up overnight, bringing an end to the severe threat by Wednesday.

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Earlier Tuesday morning, multiple counties like Sumner, Putnam, White and Cumberland were forced to take cover with Tornado Warnings. Several counties in the midstate area like Rutherford, Van Buren, and Cannon were placed under Severe Thunderstorm Warnings that have since expired.

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Now, crews are working to clean up the aftermath of the storms. Dispatchers have fielded a slew of calls with reports of snapped trees, downed power lines and non-working traffic lights.

Thousands have been left without power. At the height of the storms, Cumberland Electric reported more than 8,700 outages and NES had at least 4,000 outages. Companies are now working to safely restore power.

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The power outages and severe storms have forced multiple schools to shut down or delay opening Tuesday morning. Find a full list here.

COVID-19 testing centers will also be closed in Nashville on Tuesday due to the storms.

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Another round of storms is possible Tuesday afternoon. Stick with the FOX 17 News Code Red Weather Team as we track the latest storms, timing and threats.

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning issued for Overton, Cumberland, Pickett, White, Putnam and Fentress counties through 8:45 a.m.

Another Severe Thunderstorm Warning issued for Rutherford, Coffee, Cannon, Bedford, De Kalb, Warren counties through 8:15 a.m.

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning: Issued for Cumberland, De Kalb, Van Buren, Warren, Coffee, Grundy, White counties until 8:30 a.m.

Multiple Schools are delayed due to severe weather. Severe storms have left thousands without power. 

COVID-19 testing centers in Nashville are closed Tuesday.


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Montgomery County dispatchers report multiple calls down trees, down power lines, and non-working traffic lights in the city and in the county. 

Another round of storms is possible Tuesday afternoon. Stick with FOX 17 News for the latest updates. 

RELATED STORY: PHOTOS: Storms rip through Middle Tennessee & Southern Kentucky Tuesday morning


FOX 17 News is continuing to track possible strong storms in Middle Tennessee and Southern Kentucky overnight and Tuesday.

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Both areas are bracing for more rounds of severe weather after an EF-1 tornado with winds up to 90 MPH touched down in Tompkinsville, Ky. Monday morning.  Watch video here.

The biggest threats are strong winds, hail, heavy rain and tornadoes. The main event that could produce severe weather is overnight - so stay weather aware and have a way to get alerts sent to your phone.

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Monday Night: 6 p.m. to 12 a.m. 

A couple severe storms are possible, but mainly isolated at this time.  All modes of severe weather are possible.

MAIN EVENT: Overnight into Tuesday Morning: 12 a.m. to 8 a.m. 

A line of storms with widespread severe weather possible.

This is the highest threat for severe weather.  All modes of weather appear possible, especially wind/heavy rain  and a few tornadoes.

Timing could vary overnight - so be prepared throughout the night.  Storms could hit right around midnight while others hint at holding off closer to dawn.

Tuesday afternoon: 12 p.m. 8 p.m.

Scattered severe weather is possible, depending on how much we can "reload" after the morning round of storms. 

All modes of weather will be possible.

Storms should be scattered across the area until a front sweeps through Tuesday evening.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A Code Red weather alert is issued for Middle Tennessee, which could see severe weather over the next couple of days.

An incoming cold front will bring the potential for severe weather Monday night and once again Tuesday afternoon into the evening. Both rounds bring the same threats.

A tornado waring was issued for Maury and Marshall counties Monday morning but has since expired. 

Damaging wind will be the primary threat with isolated flood, large size hail. A spin up tornado cannot be ruled out either night.

Rainfall totals throughout the period will be in the range of 2-3 inches across all of Middle Tennessee and Southern Kentucky.

The areas most likely to see severe weather during both time frames will be different. Monday night, the best chance for severe weather will be in northwestern Middle Tennessee and Southern Kentucky. Tuesday sees that risk extend to the entire viewing area in a category two out of five on the scale.


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