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.

Most of the midstate now included in a Tornado WATCH until 11:00 P.M.— 4WARN Weather (@WSMVweather) March 19, 2018
UPDATE: Southern Middle Tennessee has been upgraded to a "Moderate Threat" for severe weather today. On a scale of 1 to 5, that's a 4. This upgrade was expected, given the strength and timing of the approaching storm system. #4WARN— Dan Thomas (@WSMVDanThomas) March 19, 2018
Happening Today: The @NasvilleEOC will partially activate beginning at 12 noon. We are currently in the enhanced risk area for damaging winds, hail and possible tornadoes. The window of greatest potential for our area is currently from 1pm – 5pm.— Nashville EOC/OEM (@NashvilleEOC) March 19, 2018
Areas south of I-40 are under the greatest risk of seeing severe weather today-- including tornadoes! Stay informed with @WSMV throughout the day. We'll have team coverage on-air and online during the peak times: late afternoon to early evening.— Melanie Layden (@MelanieLaydenTV) March 19, 2018

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Melanie Layden has been the News4 traffic anchor/reporter since May 2015. She also fills in as a meteorologist after completing course work at Mississippi State University.


Meteorologist Dan Thomas joined the News4 team in August 2006.


Lisa Spencer is the Chief Meteorologist for News4.

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