Stay Weather Aware This Memorial Day Weekend

Nashville residents advised to stay alert for severe weather this Memorial Day weekend.

The Nashville Office of Emergency Management is urging everyone to stay weather aware and exercise caution while enjoying summer activities this Memorial Day weekend.

The Nashville office of the National Weather Service (NWS) has placed Metro Nashville Davidson County under an Enhanced Risk for Severe Weather on Sunday, May 26, 2024. This risk level is higher than a slight risk and indicates a greater threat for severe weather.

Strong to severe storms capable of producing damaging winds, large hail, tornadoes, and flash flooding are possible throughout Sunday and into Sunday night. Severe weather conditions are forecasted to continue into Monday. Cumulative rainfall over the next several days may lead to flooding, with Davidson County currently under a Flash Flood Watch until Monday morning.

OEM will have boats available on waterways, weather permitting, to respond to any incidents or emergencies. Residents are encouraged to take precautions both at home and on roadways during this weather event.

The National Weather Service advises residents to:

– Know your safe places and ensure they are accessible.

– Make sure you have emergency kit supplies.

– Continuously check local weather sources for the latest forecasts.

For important safety information and weather updates, sign up for the Metro Emergency Alert and Notification System (MEANS) program.

Additional safety tips from the American Red Cross and other organizations include:

**Water Safety:**

– Be aware of unexpected changes in air or water temperature, and watch for thunder and lightning. Leave the water immediately if you hear thunder.

– Be cautious of fast-moving currents, waves, and underwater hazards.

– Establish and enforce rules for safe water behaviors, such as entering the water feet first and supervising children closely.

**For Children:**

– Children under 5 are at higher risk for drowning, particularly in home pools or hot tubs.

– Always check the water first if a child is missing.

**For Older Adults:**

– Stay in air-conditioned buildings as much as possible, and stay hydrated.

– Avoid using stoves or ovens to cook, as they can increase indoor temperatures.

**For Pets:**

– Ensure pets have plenty of fresh water and shade.

– Be aware of symptoms of overheating in pets, such as excessive panting and drooling.

**Grilling Safety:**

– Only use grills outdoors and keep them away from homes and deck railings.

– Keep children and pets at least three feet away from grilling areas.

– Never leave a grill unattended.

For more information and assistance, visit the Metro Nashville’s Action Commission and check out heat illness safety tips. For grilling safety, refer to the National Fire Protection Association.

Stay safe and weather aware this Memorial Day weekend.

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