Agencies prepare for severe weather during TN Severe Weather Awareness Week

JACKSON, TN (WNBJ) - Severe weather has been pretty common for west Tennessee in recent months. The state is using this week to prepare the public for severe weather events.

This week is Severe Weather Awareness Week in Tennessee. The National Weather Service (NWS) in Memphis says all forms of severe weather are expected for tomorrow’s forecast in west Tennessee.

“That includes flash flooding as well as damaging winds and possibly some hail and tornadoes. One of which could be strong,” said Samantha Brown, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

The National Weather Service is hosting events all week long about flash flooding, lightning, and tornado safety.

“When thunder roars, go indoors. So, if you hear any claps of thunder, your best bet is to go inside. There are numerous things to do with flash flooding. Get to your highest point if your house starts to flood with water. Make sure that you call someone to make sure that you get out of there,” said Brown.

NWS also says in case of a tornado the safest place to be in your house is an interior room in your home with no windows.

The Madison County Fire Department urges residents to bring some items into their interior room for protection.

“While you’re in that interior room just to protect yourself and your family if you got blankets or pillows that you can use to cover yourself. So just having something that can protect you. A bicycle helmet or a football helmet are things you can have on hand as well,” said Anna Kate Craig, the Community Risk Reduction Coordinator with Madison County Fire Depart.

The fire department also says if residents have a storm shelter, they should let the department know.

“So, if you are a resident of Madison County and you do have a storm shelter at your home if you call Madison Co. Fire, we keep that on record. So, if we know a tornado has come through or it’s been severe weather through there we can come to check-in that location,” said Craig.

The National Weather Service is predicting weather to get bad tonight and continue into tomorrow morning so both agencies urge the public to have cell phones and weather radios ready to use to get weather updates.

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