Strong to severe storms have developed across the Nashville area and those are moving east and southeast. They’re not exceptionally severe, I suppose I can fairly say, but they are producing very gusty winds and very heavy rainfall. There’s more thunderstorm activity to the west and northwest of these initial storms.
So, we’ll certainly hear thunder at some point tonight. I don’t expect anything to get too crazy, but lightning this time of year can be impressive (as we’ve seen lately). Plus, you can never rule out a damaging wind gust from summer storms.
I’ll keep an eye on things and let you know if there’s anything especially concerning coming. Just make sure you’re weather aware later this evening. These initial storms should be approaching the plateau by 10:00 p.m. (Cookeville may be getting storms by 9:30).
A lightning strike or a big wind gust can always knock out the lights. Be prepared for that, just in case.
I highlighted the border of Cumberland County in the RadarScope image below. Notice those storms over near Nashville. The one that is severe (yellow box) is right over the city. Other storms are liable to become severe from time to time, with damaging winds, cloud to ground lightning, and heavy rainfall being the main threats.
If you enjoy watching lightning from afar, be looking west over the next hour. Skies are sure to light up. Remember, if you can’t hear thunder you’re safe from lightning. If you can hear thunder, you’re close enough to be struck.
You all take care! I’ll be watching it all for ya!