A tornado watch is in effect until 7pm Thursday for several middle Tennessee counties including Rutherford, Williamson, Davidson and Maury.
A tornado watch means tornadoes are possible in and near the watch area. Review and discuss your emergency plans and check supplies and your safe room. Be ready to act quickly if a warning is issued or you suspect a tornado is approaching. Acting early helps to save lives. Watches are issued by the Storm Prediction Center for counties where tornadoes may occur. The watch area is typically large, covering numerous counties or even states.
If a tornado warning is issued that means a tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar. There is imminent danger to life and property. Move to an interior room on the lowest floor of a sturdy building. Avoid windows. If in a mobile home, a vehicle, or outdoors, move to the closest substantial shelter and protect yourself from flying debris.
The National Weather Service predicts severe thunderstorms Thursday afternoon and evening with. Damaging straight-line winds are the main threat. Tornadoes are also a possibility. Many local schools have dismissed early due to the threat of severe weather.
Strong sustained winds of 15 to 25 mph with gusts to around 40 mph will be possible through the early evening.
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