Emergency Operations Center activated; severe weather looms

Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at 2:09pm
Staff reports

Metro’s Office of Emergency Management has called for a partial activation of the Emergency Operations Center, effective at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The EOC activation is in anticipation of a dangerous weather system that is expected to bring severe storms capable of producing damaging winds, lightning, periods of heavy rain with localized flash flooding and large hail, OEM officials said in a release. Tornadoes are also possible for the area. 

The National Weather Service and Storm Prediction Center have placed Metro Nashville within a moderate risk area for severe weather starting early Wednesday evening and continuing until approximately 1 a.m. Thursday. Metro OEM staff continues to monitor the approaching weather system with assistance from the National Weather Service. 

Agencies activated at Metro’s EOC are as follows: Office of Emergency Management, Police, Fire, EMS, Public Works, Metro Water Services, Davidson County Sheriff’s Office, Emergency Communications, Metro Health Hospital Coordinator, Information Technology Services/Desktop Support, Metro Planning, and Nashville Electric Service. Representatives from the National Weather Service will also staff the EOC.

Once activated, updated information will be released from the Emergency Operations Center as it becomes available.  

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