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3 dead from severe storms, tornadoes in Tennessee, North Carolina

todayMay 8, 2024

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The nation’s deadly severe weather outbreak continued Wednesday with severe storms from the Carolinas to the Midwest with fatalities reported in two states.Severe storms appeared to impact the country in clusters, with Tennessee and southern Illinois being the hardest hit by tornadoes, with hundreds of hail and damaging wind reports in other nearby states.One person was reported killed in Claiborne County, Tennessee, after a tree fell on their car during a storm and a similar event happened on the west side of Charlotte during the afternoon, with one person killed and another injured.Damage was also reported at Russellville Intermediate School in Morristown, Tennessee, as a tornado-warned storm rolled through Hamblen County on Wednesday morning. District school officials said all students were safe, and there were no reported injuries.A tornado is also believed to have struck communities around Clarksville, Tennessee, in the northern part of the state, and a Tornado Emergency was issued south of Nashville around Eagleville, for a confirmed tornado.Maury County Public Schools canceled all after-school activities ahead of the severe weather, and local emergency management encouraged everyone to stay off the roads due to damage.The tornado is believed to have crossed Interstate 65, which was shut down due to at least one vehicle that was flipped during the severe storm.The local medical center reported that it was aware of four injuries and one fatality associated with the event.According to Maury County Office of Emergency Management, damage assessments were still ongoing as of Wednesday evening, but impacts were thought to be extensive to homes and some businesses. SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE REPORTED IN MICHIGAN AS SEVERE STORMS, TORNADOES SWEEP ACROSS MIDWEST, OHIO VALLEYFlash flooding was also a concern, especially in the Tennessee and Ohio valleys. Parts of Middle Tennessee and southern Kentucky were under a Level 3 out of 4 risk for flash flooding. Flood Watches were also active in some of the communities that faced damaging winds and tornadoes.On Thursday, the threat of severe storms will be highest from central portions of Texas to the Ark-La-Tex region during the afternoon and evening. This is where thunderstorms could produce very large hail, potentially up to the size of baseballs. Damaging winds and an isolated tornado are also possible.A broader severe weather risk stretches from East Texas to the lower Mississippi Valley and Southeast, where large hail and damaging wind gusts are the main threats.HOW LARGE IS ‘GOLF BALL’-SIZED HAIL, AND OTHER HAIL MEASUREMENTSThe exact timing of these storms is unclear, as most of this will depend on what happens on Wednesday, but the most likely time period for severe storms will be during the afternoon and into the evening, the FOX Forecast Center said.Additionally, more flooding is likely, especially across eastern portions of Texas, where catastrophic flooding has already occurred. Between 2 and 3 inches of additional rain is expected in that region.

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