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Tennessee remains at Level 3 State of Emergency

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The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency released their status update for Monday, December 28:

CURRENT SITUATION
The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) remains at a Level III-State of Emergency, declared at 8 p.m., CST on Wed., Dec. 23, 2015, due to severe storms, tornadoes, and periods of heavy rain impacting the State.
 
A second rain front began crossing Tennessee today, 12-28-15 and is gradually lifting northward into Kentucky.  TEMA was expecting this current system to compound the widespread flooding issues from the heavy rain on Dec. 25, 2015 in the state. However, local county Emergency Managers have reported only localized, minor flooding issues impacting roadways in many West Tennessee counties.   See county-by-county updates below for West Tennessee.
 
After this period of rain exits the State, the National Weather Service expects a return to more normal weather conditions with no expectation currently of severe weather in the coming few days.
 
Currently, there are no confirmed fatalities or injuries from these recent weather systems.  There are no reports of widespread power outages or shelters opening. 
 
The National Weather Service has confirmed an EF-1 tornado touched down in Bedford County on Dec. 25, 2015, impacting both the Calsonic and Rubbermaid manufacturing plants.
 
TEMA’s Watch Point in Nashville is actively monitoring weather reports and forecasts from National Weather Service offices in Memphis, Nashville, Morristown and Huntsville, Ala. 
 
Counties in Middle and East Tennessee are still being assessed for damage from the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding. The rain will continue to impact the ability of local Emergency Managers to conduct damage surveys in flooded areas until flood waters can recede. 
 
UPDATE ON SEVERE STORMS & TORNADOES
Damage surveys from the severe storms and tornadoes on Dec. 23, and Dec. 24, 2015, are ongoing and will be for some days as forecast for rain and severe weather impacts the ability to conduct extensive damage assessments. 
 
The National Weather Service has confirmed five tornadoes touched down in Tennessee on Dec. 23, 2015, with two tornadoes, an EF1 and an EF3, in Wayne County; an EF2 tornado in Perry County; an EF2 tornado in DeKalb and Smith counties; and, an EF1 tornado in Madison County.
 
Tennessee has six, confirmed, weather-related fatalities:

  • Maury County (3) – two, 17-year-old males; one, 16-year-old female
  • Perry County (2) – one, 70-year-old male; one, 69-year-old female
  • Rhea County (1) – one, 22-year-old male
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