Storms prompt warnings, no damage reported in TN - WSMV News 4

Storms prompt warnings, no damage reported in TN

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A tornado watch has been issued for Middle Tennessee until 11 p.m. on Monday, March 19, 2018. A tornado watch has been issued for Middle Tennessee until 11 p.m. on Monday, March 19, 2018.
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Severe weather along the Alabama/Tennessee state line prompted tornado warnings for southern Middle Tennessee.

Tornado damage was reported in Russellville and Hazel Green, AL, after storms moved through the area. The storms in the Hazel Green area, just south of Fayetteville, TN, prompted tornado warnings in Lincoln and Franklin counties.

A Particularly Dangerous Situation designation was issued with a tornado watch for southern Middle Tennessee and northern Alabama until 11 p.m. Most of Middle Tennessee was placed in a tornado watch until 11 p.m.

The watch was canceled as the storms moved through the area.

The watch carries the "Particularly Dangerous Situation" label for Franklin, Lincoln, Moore, Wayne, Lewis, Lawrence, Giles, Maury, Marshall, Coffee, Bedford and Grundy counties in southern Middle Tennessee.

Bedford, Coffee and Lincoln counties opened storm shelters at 5 p.m. in case it was needed for the community.

Damaging winds and especially large hail are the greatest threats, but isolated tornadoes are also likely. A couple tornadoes could even become strong.

Many school districts, including Metro Nashville Public Schools, dismissed early because of the potential for severe weather. Click here to see the full list.

In Nashville, the storms are expected to move through between 3 and 7 p.m.

Nashville's Emergency Operations Center will partially activate at noon. The center will be staffed by several agencies, including the Nashville Fire Department, the Metro Nashville Police Department, Metro Nashville Public Schools, the Davidson County Sheriff's Office, Metro Public Works and Metro Water Services.

The Emergency Operations Center staff will be updating the NERVE website with the latest information on road closures, evacuation areas and shelters.

Several flights scheduled to leave Nashville International Airport later in the day have already been canceled or delayed. Click here to check your flight status.

A possible tornado was reported in northern Alabama near Russellville around 5 p.m. A tornado warning related to that storm prompted a severe thunderstorm warning for Giles and Lawrence counties in southern Middle Tennessee at 6:05 p.m. until 6:30 p.m.

In north Alabama, there were several reports of damage, but no injuries had been reported.

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