Flash Report: Middle TN Severe Storms & Flooding
July 9, 2016, 11 a.m., CDT
SEOC Activation: Level III State of Emergency
Severe storms overnight in Tennessee resulted in three (3) fatalities. In Carter County, a 60-year-old male and 40-year old female were killed when a tree fell on them while camping. In Knox County, a tree fell on a female of undetermined age during a severe storm. There are no other reports of fatalities in the State.
Tennessee remains in a State of Emergency, declared at 7:15 a.m., CDT, on July 7, 2016, due to continuing severe weather threats from wave-after-wave of heavy rain and high winds impacting the Middle and East Regions of the State.
FROM THE EAST
East Tennessee was the hardest hit area of the State from the severe storms last night. One storm caused damage through the northern section of the East Region, moving from Claiborne County to the tip of the State into Carter, Sullivan, and Washington counties. A second storm wave moved through the middle portion of the East Region hitting the Middle Plateau and Knox County, and moving through Blount, Cocke, Cumberland, Fentress, Greene, Hancock, Hawkins, Monroe, Roane, and Sevier counties. A number of East Region counties reported significant power outages, many downed trees, and closed roadways due to debris from the storms. TEMA deployed District Coordinators, last night and today, to help local emergency managers who are working to clear debris, conduct damage assessment, and assist residents.
IN THE MIDDLE
In Middle Tennessee, counties impacted from the first wave of storms on July 7, 2016, were hit again yesterday in two additional severe storm waves. A second round storm yesterday impacted Clay and Overton counties with TEMA deploying a District Coordinator to assist local emergency managers in the event. A third storm last night resulted the National Weather Service issuing multiple warnings, while up to 50,000 people were without power at one point during the overnight storm in Middle Tennessee. TEMA is also still assisting local emergency agencies in Montgomery, Robertson, Stewart, and Sumner counties from the July 7 severe weather.
TO THE WEST
West Tennessee counties report no issues from the severe weather. Many counties are continuing to monitor severe weather forecasts as there is a 60 percent chance of severe weather in the West Region today.
Memphis: Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly between 8am and 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 88. Southwest wind around 5 mph becoming north northwest in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
Jackson: Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly between 7am and 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 88. West northwest wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
Nashville: A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 7am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 88. West northwest wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
Knoxville: A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 8am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 86. Southwest wind 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%.
Chattanooga: A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 8am. Mostly cloudy and hot, with a high near 90. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
KEY PREPAREDNESS MESSAGES
• Be alert to possibility of flooding if it has been raining hard for several hours.
• Closely monitor local radio and TV stations, and NOAA weather radio for information on flood conditions, weather, and roadways.
• Follow the instructions of local officials in emergency situations. If you are advised to evacuate, do so immediately.
• Do not drive around barricades. They are there for your safety.
• NEVER drive through standing water. More than half of flood victims are in vehicles swept away by moving water.
• Move to higher ground away from rivers, streams, creeks and storm drains.
• Stay out of floodwaters as the water could be contaminated or electrically-charged.
• Stay away from downed power lines to avoid the risk of shock or electrocution.
• If you are evacuated, do not return to your home until local authorities say it is safe.
TEMA’s mission is to coordinate preparedness, response and recovery from man-made, natural and technological hazards in a professional and efficient manner in concert with our stakeholders.