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TEMA Update on Severe Weather

Sunday, February 25, 2018 | 07:05am


Sunday, March 25, 2018 – 7 a.m., Central
SEOC Activation:  LEVEL 4 – ELEVATED


  • Severe weather in Tennessee caused injuries and localized damage to structures Saturday into the overnight hours. 
  • Weather conditions permitting, local officials will conduct damage assessments today.
  • Personnel at the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) are monitoring the weather impacts and supporting local and state partners.


A powerful storm front moved across Tennessee on Feb. 24, 2018, and produced localized flooding, lightning impacts, and unconfirmed reports of tornado touchdowns.  Several Tennessee counties have rescued individuals from damaged structures and transported those with injuries. 

The State Emergency Operations Center in Nashville is activated at a Level 4 – Elevated status and staffed with Emergency Service Coordinators from many State of Tennessee departments with personnel providing direct assistance to the impacted counties.

The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) will be assisting local officials with damage assessments today and monitoring the severe weather threat as flash flooding remains a possibility today with the possibility of more rain in the state.


In West Tennessee, Obion County first responders rescued 10 people from several damaged structures, and transported three (3) individuals.  Henry and Carrol counties also reported isolated damage to power lines and one home.

Montgomery County in Middle Tennessee transported three (3) people with injuries from the storm with several homes impacted.  Lightning also damaged a roof on the Dunn Center at Austin Peay State University while a basketball game was underway.

There are no reports of fatalities from the storm.


  • TEMA’s West and Middle Regional Coordination Centers are operational to respond to resource
  • The Tennessee Department of Health in contact with health systems to monitor and track conditions of injured individuals.
  • The Tennessee Department of Human Services in contact with local officials to anticipate any sheltering needs.
  • Tennessee Department of Transportation and Tennessee Highway Patrol also are supporting local communities with storm impacts.
  • TEMA will remain in contact with local emergency managers to ensure all damages there are no outstanding resource requests or unmet needs.


  • Monitor local news sources for updates on weather forecasts, and for any weather watches or warnings issued for your area.
  • Follow the instructions of emergency officials and be ready to take cover in any severe weather situation.
  • Do not drive or walk through any high water – Turn Around, Don’t Drown.
  • Do not attempt to move any downed power lines. Instead contact your local power company to report the damage or call 9-1-1 if it is an emergency situation.


  • Memphis: Partly sunny with a high near 61.
  • Jackson: Mostly sunny, with a high near 61.
  • Nashville: A 20 percent chance of showers before noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 59.
  • Knoxville: Showers and thunderstorms before 1 p.m., then a chance of showers between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. High near 63. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter- and half-of-an-inch possible.
  • Chattanooga: Showers and thunderstorms before 1 p.m., then a chance of showers between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. High near 63.  Winds could gust as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter- and half-of-an-inch possible.