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Severe weather expected overnight

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Severe weather is expected to move through Wilson County and the rest of Middle Tennessee overnight.

“We have a very good chance of experiencing severe weather in the very early hours of Friday morning with straight-line winds and hail the major threat, but the potential for a spin-up tornado exists,” said Stephen Spencer, Planning Division chief with Wilson County Emergency Management Agency.

Meteorologists with the National Weather Service Office in Old Hickory held a briefing for emergency management agency personnel on Thursday afternoon. Spencer said, “The weather service forecast calls for squall-line development along the Tennessee River around midnight and begin moving east ahead of the cold front. Impact for Wilson County could be anytime from 3 a.m. through 6 a.m.

“Once the squall-line passes, we’re not out of the woods yet. As the cold front itself approaches, areas east of I-65 after daylight could see regeneration of storms due to the daytime heating.”

Spencer said meteorologists do not expect the second round of storms to be as strong as the first, and the storms should be out of the Mid-state by late morning.

He noted that WEMA Weather Operations will activate ahead of the squall-line and will remain in activation mode until the threat exits the area on Friday morning.

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