Officials said torrential rains across the state caused flooding, killing at least four people in Nashville, and saving scores of others.
Nashville recorded nearly 6 inches of rain with another inch falling after midnight quickly to fill the streets, sweeping streams and rivers. The National Weather Service declared a flash flood emergency overnight in Nashville, Brentwood, Franklin and Mt. Juliet.
“Large flash floods occur with many roads, highways and homes flooded by water rescue operations,” the agency said on social media. “Please stay home and don’t travel!”
As the waters receded, first responders were called at 5 a.m. to find a 70-year-old man dead in a car that was in a creek behind a Walmart store.
Nashville Metro Police said a second flood victim was found at around 7:30 a.m. near the Nashboro Village golf course. A 65-year-old man appears to have drowned after being swept away by fast-moving water after he got out of his car when the car hit a hatch.
Police said a 46-year-old woman and a 64-year-old man were found dead around 9:30 a.m. near a homeless camp in a woodland area near Wentworth Caldwell Park.
The Nashville Fire Department said it has rescued at least 130 people from cars, apartments and homes. About 40 dogs have been moved from a boarding house in Nashville to another location.
In Williamson County, 18 homes in a neighborhood were evacuated and paramedics carried out 34 water rescue operations.
A section of Interstate 40 has been temporarily closed due to high water, which has left the car and its driver stranded. The Tennessee State Highway Patrol said the driver was able to get out of the vehicle and reach safety.
More flooding of the Tennessee rivers is still expected. The Harbeth River near Kingston Springs is expected to reach about 20 feet above the flood stage on Sunday night, according to meteorologists. The Duck River in Centerville is expected to be approximately 17 feet above flood stage