STRONG RISK OF SEVERE WEATHER
There is an increasing potential for strong to severe weather for much of our area on Saturday. According to the National Weather Service's forecast office in Nashville, a strong upper level storm system will move out of the southern plains today and bring a chance for strong thunderstorms as early as late tonight.
By early Saturday, some some storms could become severe (more likely in West Tennessee), ahead of an approaching upper level disturbance, with the threat of severe weather continuing throughout the day Saturday. As we move toward the afternoon and evening hours, the threat becomes most likely over Middle and East Tennessee, including the Cookeville area.
The Severe Storms Forecast Center has put the entire mid state in a moderate risk for severe storms.
This is the strongest storm system to affect Middle Tennessee so far this spring. The potential for severe weather looks increasingly likely including tornadic supercells.
You should decide now where the safest place is for you and your family should severe weather approach.
TORNADO SAFETY RULES
1. In home or small building, go to the basement or to an interior room, such as a closet or bathroom, on the lowest level. Get under something sturdy, such as a heavy table or a bed.
2. In mobile homes or vehicles, abandon them immediately and go to a sturdy structure. If there is no such structure nearby, lie flat in a ditch, ravine, gully, culvert, or low spot with your arms and hands shielding your head.
3. In large buildings, go to the predesignated area. Usually interior hallways, on the lowest floor are best. Avoid large rooms
4. In a high-rise building, go to an interior hallway or small room.
5. Stay away from windows, don't bother opening or closing them as it will make no difference. You're wasting your time and putting yourself a great risk from flying glass and debris.