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Severe weather expected through Tuesday

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Meteorologists are urging everyone not to be scared but rather be prepared if severe weather threatens as expected in the Mid-state now through Tuesday.

Thunderstorms were expected to move into Middle Tennessee overnight, a Special Weather Statement from the National Weather Service Office in Old Hickory said.

Although the main concerns were for damaging winds and localized heavy rainfall west of Interstate 65, the storm system will continue moving east, and by Monday afternoon, temperatures will be warm and humid and conditions will be unstable. Thunderstorms were expected to occur again.

“Confidence is increasing for a major outbreak of severe weather across all of Middle Tennessee, including tornadoes, damaging wind gusts and large hail,” the statement, issued at 4:09 p.m., Sunday, said. The thunderstorms were expected to continue into Monday night.

The same storm system may bring additional severe weather on Tuesday with the greatest threat more in the southern counties and the Cumberland Plateau. The main threats should be damaging straight line winds and hail.

Meteorologists also said that localized flash flooding is possible with rainfall amounts to be from 2 to 4 inches across the Mid-state with locally higher amounts not out of the question. The best chance for flash flooding will be Monday afternoon and evening.

“The time to prepare for severe weather is now,” the statement said. “Check your NOAA Weather Radio for fresh batteries and have a plan in place for you and your family to follow if you come under a tornado or severe thunderstorm warning at some point today through Tuesday.”

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