NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) — FOX 17 News is in a CODE RED Weather Alert as Middle Tennessee could see potentially life threatening flash flooding and possible tornadoes. The midstate could see extreme flooding Friday and Saturday, where evacuations may become necessary as an additional 3-5" of rain is expected. Middle Tennessee remains under under a Flash Flood Watch through Sunday.
Batches of heavy rain will continue with little breaks in the day Friday. Areas still water-logged from recent rainfall will be at risk for flooding. Southwestern counties will be at the highest risk for extreme flooding.
Areas along and south of I-40 still need to have a plan in place to move to higher ground in case of quickly rising waters.
Saturday morning will bring heavy rain that could product serious flooding. The highest flood threat will again be for areas south of I-40.
Through the afternoon and evening, severe thunderstorms will be possible, but the risk for severe storms has decreased. Straight line winds could still be an issue.
TURN AROUND, DON'T DROWN
The Tennessee Highway Patrol and the Tennessee Department of Transportation have urged residents to avoid crossing floodwaters on foot or in a car with the slogan "Turn around, don't drown!"
During the week's first round of rain, THP deployed strike teams and extra troopers to help with flooding issues. Throughout the week, TDOT has kept their eye on the interstates, falling trees and saturated areas of concern. Both agencies agree if you don't have to be out during heavy rainfall and severe storms, stay home!
Several school districts have shut down schools Friday for potential storms and flooding. Count on FOX 17 News for the latest list of school closings and delays.
SEVERE WEATHER RESOURCES
As severe weather approaches Middle Tennessee, it's important to have an emergency plan. Don't be left in the dark, make sure you have a resource guide and list of contacts for your family.