Streams, rivers across Tennessee swell with inches of rain - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Streams, rivers across Tennessee swell with inches of rain

DYERSBURG, Tenn. (AP) - Forecasters say minor flooding in West and Middle Tennessee is expected to start receding over the weekend after storms dumped up to four inches of rain in some areas Thursday and Friday.

Flash flood warnings were prompted by water rising above rural roadways and state routes mostly in northwest Tennessee around the Mississippi and Obion river systems.

The National Weather Service expected the rain to taper off by Friday afternoon, but some large- and medium-sized rivers would continue to rise as runoff poured into already swollen systems.

The Mississippi River was expected to crest near Dyersburg at 40 feet, about eight feet above the flood stage, on Sunday.

Michael Scotten, an NWS forecaster in Memphis, said it could take several days or weeks for flood waters to return to normal. More rain was forecast for parts of the state during the middle of next week.

The storms also spawned a tornado, which hit parts of Little Rock, Ark., and its suburbs Thursday, injuring an unknown number of people while damaging businesses and downing trees and power lines.

There were no reports of major damage or injuries from flooding in Tennessee.


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