National Weather Service forecasters are urging people in the western half of Tennessee to be vigilant for possible severe thunderstorms.
The Severe Storms Forecast Center says there is a possibility of severe weather Wednesday and Wednesday night across a broad area of the country's midsection, from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico. A special weather statement says there is a slight risk for violent weather Wednesday in an area that includes Tennessee counties from the Mississippi River into the western counties of Middle Tennessee. Forecasters say that could include strong thunderstorms with high winds, heavy rain, large hail and an isolated chance of tornadoes.
Cities in the advised area include Memphis, Union City, Paris, Somerville, Martin and Jackson.
Less severe thunderstorms are expected Wednesday across the Cumberland Plateau.