12:00 PM Update: Scattered Storms & Flash Flood Warnings
We woke up to tranquil weather this morning, but showers and storms have been developing over the past several hours and are continuing to develop and increase coverage. The majority of the rain so far has been north of the Tennessee River, with isolated/spotty showers south. Some of the storms that have developed have been producing some heavy rain, along with frequent lightning and some gusty wind. Below is the latest radar image, showing a slow moving heavy storm around the Shoals, with more widespread heavy rain stretching from Franklin County to southeastern Lincoln County in Tennessee.
A Flash Flood Warning is up for central/northern Colbert and central/southern Lauderdale counties until 2:30 pm, with radar estimates of already two inches of rain that has already fallen around Cherokee, Florence and Tuscumbia, with another 1-2″ more possible due to the slow movement of the storms. The emergency manager in Cherokee County is reporting at least 18″ of water across Daniel Street in Cherokee. The public is reporting 4″ of flowing water over North Pike at Cherokee Elementary. Also the Fire Department is also reporting that part of Gibbs Lane, the intersection of Old Lee Highway & Bugle Lane and North Pike & Cross Lane have a couple inches of water over them already. Use extreme caution when driving in these slow moving storms, remember never drive through a flooded road, ‘Turn Around, Don’t Drown!”
The Flash Flood Warning has been canceled for the northern portion of Franklin County in Tennessee, but heavy rain continues across the southern half of the county, stretching southwest into southeastern parts of Lincoln,Tennessee and the extreme northwest corner of Jackson County in Alabama. Use caution on the roadways.
More showers and storms can be expected as we head throughout the afternoon, with heavy rain, frequent lightning, gusty wind and maybe even some small hail possible in some of the stronger storms. Severe weather remains unlikely as the severe weather threat remains low.
- Jennifer Watson
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