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Hurricane Ian: Will it affect Nashville and Middle Tennessee?

The Tennessean (Nashville) 9/28/2022 Rachel Wegner, Nashville Tennessean
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As Hurricane Ian intensifies while it nears the Florida coast, forecasters in Middle Tennessee are keeping a close eye on its path.

It is expected to make landfall as a Category 4 on Florida's coast with winds up to 155 mph today, and was nearing Category 5 status as of this morning. The storm's remnants are expected to fan out across the South through the weekend.

East Tennessee may see heavy rain from the fallout, but forecasters said it will likely miss Nashville and Middle Tennessee.

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"If it does impact Middle Tennessee, it would be the Cumberland Plateau, primarily," National Weather Service Nashville meteorologist Mark Rose told The Tennessean.

The plateau could see rain from the storm, but impacts on the rest of the region will be minimal, according to Rose. However, as Hurricane Ian continues to move, the path may shift.

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Fort Myers resident Sarah Peterson fills sand bags at Fort Myers Beach in anticipation of Hurricane Ian. © Andrew West, The News-Press (Fort Myers) via USA TODAY NETWORK Fort Myers resident Sarah Peterson fills sand bags at Fort Myers Beach in anticipation of Hurricane Ian.

As always, officials urge Tennesseans to practice weather awareness. Have multiple ways to get weather alerts; have an emergency plan in place; and designate a "safe room" stocked with food, water, flashlights, batteries, extra clothing and necessary medications.

NWS: 'Dreary' weekend for East Tennessee

If Hurricane Ian stays on its current track, parts of East Tennessee could see rain through Sunday, according to the National Hurricane Center.

“It’s gonna, unfortunately, be kind of a dreary and wet weekend,” NWS Morristown meteorologist Andrew Moulton told Knox News.

Early models showed northeast Tennessee could see up to 4 inches of rainfall over the weekend. Areas farther west, including Knoxville, may see only an inch.

Hurricane Ian tracker

Nashville forecast

The 7-day rainfall forecast shows a "wide disparity" across Middle Tennessee, NWS Nashville said.

"Those living near the Tennessee River can expect little relief from the current dry spell, while those closer to the Cumberland Plateau might get soaked by Hurricane Ian remnants this weekend," NWS Nashville tweeted Tuesday.

The forecast showed a total of 0.6 inches of rain in Nashville and as much as 1.22 inches in Cookeville through next Tuesday.

Here's a look at the Nashville forecast through the weekend:

Wednesday: Sunny. High: 71; Low: 48

Thursday: Sunny. High: 74; Low: 49

Friday: Sunny. High: 78; Low: 55

Saturday: 20% chance of showers after 1 p.m. and 30% chance of showers mainly before 1 a.m. High: 74; Low: 57

Sunday: 20% chance of showers. High: 72; Low: 57

Knox News reporter Devarrick Turner contributed to this story.

This article originally appeared on Nashville Tennessean: Hurricane Ian: Will it affect Nashville and Middle Tennessee?

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