Storms Moving South
They are slow-moving, rain-pouring, thunder-blasting storms, but they are no longer “severe.” The threat of additional severe weather through 5 AM is very, very small. Winds are gusting to the 30-40 MPH range just before the rain hits, but other than some patio furniture and garbage cans getting shuffled around, some tree branches falling, and some pets and people getting shaken out of bed by the noise, these storms are not causing much serious trouble.
Expect them to continue to decrease in intensity as they slowly drift south at 25-35 MPH. The NWS could issue another Severe Thunderstorm Warning or two (it’s not out of the question, but it’s unlikely).
If you’re waking up in the middle of the night to read this, there is nothing major to worry about. We were thrown a curveball as this batch of storms was moving due east across Tennessee until about 10:15 PM; after that, they started edging south until they were in free-fall right into the Tennessee Valley. That’s why you didn’t get a lot of notice earlier this evening, and unfortunately, it’s events like this that make forecasting the weather in the summertime such a challenge.
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So, noisy storms will be strongest mainly west of I-65 and south of the Tennessee River through 5 AM; elsewhere, it is settling down, and if you’ve been up watching along, you can rest easy for the rest of the night (what’s left of it).