Harvey projected to hit Nashville, Middle Tennessee this weekend


As Hurricane Harvey weakens and moves across the U.S., it's expected to bring heavy rain, possible flooding and a tornado threat to middle Tennessee and southern Kentucky through the weekend.

SkyWatch 17 Meteorologist Colleen Mehlberg said the rain will start on Wednesday afternoon and move through in two rounds. Mehlberg expects Harvey to weaken to a tropical depression before it arrives in Tennessee.

The storm carries a low threat for severe weather. There is a possibility for both flooding and isolated tornadoes because Harvey continues to spin as it pushes Northeast through the U.S.

Round One

The latest FOX 17 Future Track models show bands from the storm crossing into the south of Memphis overnight Friday and into Nashville early Saturday morning.

Southern Tennessee counties are expected to see the most rain with 1-2 inches falling by Thursday morning.

Round Two

The second round should move through the middle Tennessee area Thursday afternoon, bringing the heaviest rains. It will affect mainly counties west of I-65 and spread across the middle Tennessee area through Friday.

Decatur, Benton and Henry counties in Tennessee are under a flash flood watch through Friday night

Areas north of I-640 and west of I-65 will see the heaviest rainfall with some areas getting 7-9 inches of rain by Saturday afternoon.

Most other areas of middle Tennessee and southern Kentucky should expect 3-6 inches of rain by Saturday.

Memphis city officials are also preparing for flooding ahead of Harvey's arrival in Tennessee.

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