Emergency Operations Center activated; harsh weather looms

Monday, April 4, 2011 at 11:59am
Staff reports

The Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM) Monday morning called for a partial activation of the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) effective at noon in anticipation of a severe weather system that is expected to bring strong storms capable of producing damaging winds, heavy rain, large hail and possibly isolated tornadoes. 

The National Weather Service and Storm Prediction Center have placed Metro Nashville within a moderate risk area for severe thunderstorms Monday and into the evening. A wind advisory remains in effect until 7 p.m. for sustained winds of 15 to 25 mph, and gusts as high as 40 mph. Metro OEM staff members continue to monitor the approaching weather system with assistance from the National Weather Service. 

Residents are reminded that April is one of the peak months for tornadoes in Tennessee.

Agencies activated at Metro’s EOC include the following:  Office of Emergency Management, Police, Fire, EMS, Public Works, Metro Water Services, Emergency Communications, Information Technology Services, Metro Planning/GIS, Metro Public Schools, Metro Transit Authority and Nashville Electric Service.  Representatives from the National Weather Service will also staff the EOC.

Once activated, updated information will be released from the EOC as it becomes available.