Nashville under a tornado watch

Monday, April 11, 2011 at 12:14pm
Staff reports

The Nashville office of the National Weather Service has placed Nashville and Davidson County under a tornado watch until 5 p.m. Monday afternoon. 

The tornado watch is in effect for much of Middle Tennessee also.

The forecast calls for showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 1 p.m. Some of the storms could be severe, as winds should be 25 to 30 mph and could gust as high as 40 mph. The chance of precipitation is 80 percent.

Expect a high near 80.

Relatedly, Metro’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM) has called for a partial activation of the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) effective as of noon Monday in anticipation of the severe weather system moving ahead of a cold front that is expected to bring strong storms with heavy rain, damaging winds, lightning and large hail. The Storm Prediction Center has placed Nashville under a slight risk for severe weather this afternoon.

Agencies activated at Metro’s EOC are as follows: Office of Emergency Management, Police, Fire, EMS, Public Works, Emergency Communications, Information Technology Services, Metro Public Schools, Metro Health/Regional Hospital Coordinator, Metro Water Services, Nashville Electric Service and the National Weather Service.  A representative from the Music City Center will also staff the EOC. 

Monday night, there is a chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1 a.m., then isolated showers. The night should be mostly cloudy, with a low around 50. The chance of precipitation is 50 percent.

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