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February 6-7, 2019 Flash Flooding & Tornadoes

Heavy rain and thunderstorms produced tornadoes and widespread flash flooding across Middle Tennessee, starting on the afternoon of February 6 and continuing through the early morning on February 7. A warm front that had moved northward into Kentucky early in the day sank back southward to near the Interstate 40 corridor by the afternoon hours on Wednesday (2/6), sparking numerous showers and thunderstorms along and just north of the front. As the front effectively stalled in a west-to-east line along the Interstate 40 corridor, showers and storms continued to redevelop and move across the same areas. With rainfall rates approaching 1-2" per hour at times, this led to widespread flash flooding across Humphreys, Dickson, Cheatham, Davidson, Wilson, Smith, Jackson, Putnam, and Overton Counties. This flooding resulted in numerous closed roadways, dozens of water rescues, significant rises on area creeks and rivers, and unfortunately one fatality in Cheatham County. Total rainfall amounts ranged from 3 inches to nearly 7 inches across these counties. In addition to the flooding, thunderstorms produced three EF-0 tornadoes in Dickson/Williamson, Rutherford and Wilson Counties. Lightning also struck homes in Overton and Jackson counties, causing significant fire damage.


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