Record rains kill 4, force 130 swift-water rescues in Nashville as more storms slam battered South

Cars are seen submerged on I-24 near Antioch Pike in Nashville, Tenn., Sunday, March 28, 2021. Heavy rain across Tennessee flooded homes and roads early Sunday, prompting officials to rescue numerous people from houses, apartments and vehicles as a line of severe storms crossed the state.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – At least four people were killed and swift-water rescue crews plucked more than 130 people from cars, apartments and homes as devastating storms continued to hammer the South. 

An overnight deluge pounded parts of Tennessee with 9 inches of rain. Nashville International Airport had recorded 7 inches as of 5 a.m. Sunday.

“The rainfall we got yesterday and overnight made this one of the wettest 24-hour periods in Nashville’s history,” National Weather Service meteorologist Sam Shamburger said.

Storms were marching northward Sunday, and North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana among likely targets, rolling as far north as Pennsylvania and New Jersey, forecasters said. Gusting winds and possibly tornadoes, hail and flooding were possible, AccuWeather said.

“There is a lot of wind energy for storms to tap into,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Jake Sojda said. “It won’t take much to get wind gusts to 70 mph or perhaps more with the strongest storms.”

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