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March 10, 2016

TEMA at Level IV-Elevated for Heavy Rain and Flooding Potential


The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency is at Level IV-Elevated, as of 4 p.m., CST, today to monitor a severe weather system bringing flash flooding, river flooding and heavy rain to the state. The system moved into West Tennessee today and will be crossing Tennessee through the weekend.


The National Weather Service in West Tennessee has reported heavy rain in counties along the Mississippi River and predicts another 3 to 5 inches of rainfall through the weekend for the area. Flash Flood Warnings are also in effect in Fayette, Gibson, Hardeman, Haywood, Lauderdale, Madison, Shelby and Tipton counties.


Local officials in a few northwest Middle Tennessee counties have reported flooding on roads and rising water along small streams. Another 1 to 3 inches of rain is expected through this evening in areas of Middle Tennessee. A Flood Warning currently is in place in Stewart, Houston, Humphreys and Montgomery counties through 9:30 p.m., CST.


Showers will begin Friday in East Tennessee and thunderstorms are possible through the weekend.


Flood Preparedness Tips – TURN AROUND, DON’T DROWN

• NEVER drive through standing water. It only takes about 2 feet of water to float a full-sized automobile.
• STAY out of high water, if at all possible, since only 6 inches of fast-moving water can knock a person down.
• Flood water can also be contaminated or electrically charged.
• If it has been raining hard for several hours, or steadily raining for several days, be alert to the possibility for flooding.
• Close monitor local weather forecasts or NOAA Weather Radio for forecast and flood information.
• Follow the instructions of local officials. If advised to relocate due to high water, do so immediately.
• Do not drive around barricades. They are there for safety reasons.
• Move to higher ground away from rivers, streams, creeks and storm drains.
• Stay away from downed power lines to avoid electrocution.


Don’t forget to set your clocks forward 1 hour this weekend for Daylight Savings Time.

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