Tornado watch issued for Middle Tennessee

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Middle Tennessee came away largely unscathed Wednesday after a line of storms threatened damaging winds and isolated tornadoes.

The National Weather Service warned high winds would be the biggest risk. Peak wind gusts measured as high as 55 mph in Clarksville and Nashville. Still, there were few damage reports beyond some downed trees and power lines.

Current watches and warnings

The NWS issued a tornado watch for 13 counties in effect until 1 am There are no warnings in effects.

Counties included in the watch include:

  • Bedford
  • cannon
  • Coffee
  • davidson
  • Giles
  • lawrence
  • Marshall
  • Maury
  • Rutherford
  • Sumner
  • Trousdale
  • Williamson
  • Wilson
Severe weather will likely cross the Tennessee River as early as 4 pm and move into the Nashville area by 7 pm

NWS urges weather awareness

National Weather Service tornado infographic illustrating how to get severe weather alerts.

As always, it’s important to have multiple ways to get weather alerts, including cell phone push alerts from local media and weather apps; social media updates; local news coverage; and NOAA weather radios.

The NWS recommends having an emergency kit you can quickly grab in case of an emergency. It should include essential supplies like food, water, flashlights, batteries, medicine, extra clothing and shoes, toiletries and even solar-powered chargers for electronic devices.

Be sure your devices are fully charged ahead of the storms, in the event of a power outage.

“If you get separated from family, make sure you have a place to meet or have an out-of-town contact to let know you are OK,” the NWS said.

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Damage reports

A portion of the façade of the Courtyard by Marriott on 4th Avenue North was ripped from the building by high winds causing concern for the structural integrity of a third floor roof on Wednesday, March 30, 2022.

Nashville Fire officials warned the public to avoid the area around the Courtyard by Marriott hotel on 4th Avenue North after pieces of the building’s façade broke free.

“The paneling fell from about 5 stories and landed on a third-floor roof of the building,” according to Nashville Fire Department spokesman Joseph Pleasant.

No injuries were reported.

Hotel guests are being relocated to other areas of the building as there are concerns that the weight of the debris could cause the roof to become unstable. A structural engineer was dispatched to check out the damage, Pleasant said.

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