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Catastrophic Flooding Hits Central Tennessee

23 Aug 2021, 7:10 pm

A complex of torrential rain and thunderstorms unloaded on portions of West Central Tennessee and Southwestern Kentucky on Saturday. As much as 9 inches of rain fell during a 6 hour time span, with as much as 11 inches in some isolated areas, and possibly one report of over 17″ (this particular report is under investigation by the National Weather Service to verify its accuracy). All of that rain led to multiple water rescues, homes being carried off their foundations, and tragically is responsible for taking the lives of at least 22 individuals.

Drone footage from our field correspondent shows the chaos all of this has left in the town of Waverly. It looks more like tornado damage as opposed to a flooding event.

The National Weather Service in Nashville called the situation, “catastrophic.”

The flooding led to the closure of I-40 near mile marker 153, in addition to the Piney River in Vernon topping it’s historical crest by more than 10 feet.

Less rain is expected across central Tennessee in the coming days, allowing time to clean up and for search & recovery efforts.

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Devon is a native of Macomb in Western, Illinois but has made his travels across the country from Las Vegas to Washington, D.C.  with stops in Tulsa, Little Rock, Kansas City, and Salt Lake City.  His passion for weather developed at an early age and can be traced back to when he was 5 years old and dressed up as a walking tornado for Halloween.  His college education came through the Universit... Load Morey of Oklahoma where he completed his B.S. in meteorology with a minor in math.   Devon has been through weather extremes from 110°+ heat in Las Vegas, to 3 feet of snow in Washington, D.C. where in his first winter experienced the all-time record snowfall for the season (winter of 2009/2010)!  He’s also chased tornadoes in Oklahoma and saw his very first off of I-70 on the front range of Colorado.