Middle Tennessee Under Tornado Watch

UPDATE 10:50 p.m. – MTSU has notified students saying the alert has been cancelled:

MTSU ALERT: Tornado Warning CANCELED for MTSU campus & TN Miller Coliseum areas. Resume normal activity. Report damage and injuries to Campus Police or dial 911.

Posted by Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) on Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Areas throughout Middle Tennessee are currently under a tornado watch, according to the National Weather Service.

Rutherford County is one of 15 counties currently under the watch set to expire at 11 p.m. Other affected counties include: Bedford, Cannon, Coffee, Giles, Lawrence, Lewis, Macon, Marshall, Maury, Smith, Trousdale, Wayne, Williamson and Wilson.

Rutherford, Williamson, Maury and Marshall were also under a second alert until 9:45 p.m., as a storm with half-inch hail and 40+ mph winds hit the area. More alerts may be issued as the storm system continues through the Southeast. Those whose properties have been affected or damaged in the storm may have a cleanup job on their hands in the aftermath. For debris on your home’s roof collecting in the guttering, the services of Clean Pro Gutter Cleaning Nashville might be of use when it comes to removing an unsightly build-up whilst also protecting against future damage it may cause if left unaddressed. To help protect your home someway against damage, you may want to consider upping the maintenance of the trees in your yard as keeping them trimmed and neat means there’s less material to be sent flying at your home. Better yet, if you have a dead or dying tree, removing it altogether using the services of arborists (like these – https://www.treeserviceremoval.com/) will further mitigate the risk of a huge tree crashing through your home.

MTSU students were notified of the tornado warning with a safety alert at 9:09 p.m., advising students in the area to seek shelter.

MTSU ALERT: TORNADO WARNING ISSUED for MTSU Campus and TN Miller Coliseum areas. Take shelter immediately. Stay in your buildings as secured as possible.

Posted by Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) on Wednesday, December 23, 2015

This system is part of the widespread severe weather hitting the Southeast all evening. Damages from tornado, hail and high speed winds have been reported across West Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas and Alabama. Some counties, such as Perry County in Tennessee, have declared a state of emergency.

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