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Record rains kill 4, force 130 swift-water rescues in Nashville as more storms slam battered South

Mar 28, 2021 0 comments

 At least four people were killed, and swift-water rescue crews plucked more than 130 people from cars, apartments and homes as devastating storms  hammered the South.

Record rains force swift-water rescues in Nashville as storms batter state.An overnight deluge pounded parts of Tennessee with 9 inches of rain. Nashville International Airport recorded 7 inches as of 5 a.m. Sunday. The 5.75 inches of rain Saturday were the most to fall in the city on a March day. 

“The rainfall we got yesterday and overnight made this one of the wettest 24-hour periods in Nashville’s history,” National Weather Service meteorologist Sam Shamburger said.

North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana were among the likely targets of the storms, which could roll as far north as Pennsylvania and New Jersey, forecasters said. Gusting winds and tornadoes, hail and flooding were possible, AccuWeather said.

"There is a lot of wind energy for storms to tap into," AccuWeather meteorologist Jake Sojda said. "It won't take much to get wind gusts to 70 mph or perhaps more with the strongest storms."

Multiple tornadoes touched down in Alabama last week, the second line of severe storms to slam that state in two weeks. Mississippi and Tennessee also were hard hit by the wild, dangerous spring weather.



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