Anticipating strong storms late Thursday afternoon, Metro plans to partially activate its Emergency Operations Center at 4 p.m.
Officials in the Office of Emergency Management made the decision based on weather predictions that show a cold front system headed this way that could include hail, damaging winds, lightning and heavy rainfall across Tennessee.
According to the National Weather Service Weather Forecast Office the greatest threat to Nashville and Middle Tennessee should fall between 7 p.m. and midnight Friday.
Agencies to be initially activated at the EOC are: OEM, police, fire, EMS, public works, Metro Water Services, Davidson County Sheriff's Office, Emergency Communications, Information Technology, Metro planning, Nashville Electric Service, Metro Transit Authority and amateur radio. The National Weather Service may also staff the EOC.
The Nashville Emergency Response Viewing Engine site will also be activated at 4 p.m. The new site is meant to provide information about storm related road closures, evacuations, shelters and relief centers.