Tornadoes likely as a spring-like storm strikes the US late this week

Severe storms will develop on Friday afternoon and likely last well into the evening.

NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -- Residents living in Middle Tennessee must be prepared when the potential for strong storms is present.

Whether it be a mid-summer afternoon pop-up storm, or an extended line of storm of varying strength, all weather events should be taken seriously, for your personal safety, and the safety of others.

Residents should be prepared by following these steps:

  • Install the News4 App on Apple iOS or on Google Android
  • Customize your Notifications to get Weather Alerts for your location 
  • Charge your phone and turn on your weather radio, if you have one.
  • Secure outdoor items like patio furniture and umbrella, trash cans, and children's toys. Loose items can injure others or cause damage when carried by wind or rain.
  • Domestic animals should be brought inside during severe weather conditions. Dog houses and the like could still flood or collapse under pressure.
  • Stay off the road during severe weather conditions. High water on roadways, flooded roads, and hazards like flying debris and low visibility are all risks. Turn Around - Don't Drown!
  • Saturated soils could make trees unstable, and enhance the risk of natural terrain instability. Even slight winds and rain could cause trees and limbs to fall. If possible, keep vehicles under a covering and remain vigilant when standing under trees.

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