May 3rd, 2010
10:10 PM ET

Latest Updates: Flooding and storms in the Southeast

Heavy rains and floods killed 15 people in Tennessee. Now the storm is drenching Atlanta, Georgia.

[Updated at 10:08 p.m.] The severe weather was blamed for at least 27 deaths - 18 in Tennessee - across the Southeast between Saturday and Monday, emergency officials said. Ten of those deaths occurred in Davidson County including Nashville, the Nashville mayor's office said.

Nashville residents said that despite forecasts of rain going into the weekend, they had little time to prepare for the floodwaters that crept into homes, washed away roads, prompted evacuations of hotels and displaced thousands of people.

"We all knew that there was going to be heavy rains this weekend, but Nashville normally gets about 5 inches of rain in the month of May and nobody could have predicted 15-16 inches of rain in 48 hours," resident John Rives said.

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[Updated at 7:05 p.m.] A collection of iReport accounts from affected areas in the Southeast.

[Updated at 10:54 a.m.] We're receiving tons of photos and videos from our iReporters capturing the rapidly moving flooding in Tennessee including this one from Tom Frundle in Smyrna, Tennessee - 14 miles south of Nashville – which shows roads completely overtaken by flood waters.

"I've lived in different parts of the country and I've never seen anything like this," Frundle told CNN.

[Updated at 10:26 a.m] Parts of downtown Nashville are beginning to flood as the Cumberland River continues to rise, which has overwhelmed the sewer systems, CNN affiliate WKRN reported.

The Cumberland River has reached 50-feet above flood stage and water is beginning to flood from the sewer system onto First Avenue, WKRN reported, noting the sewer overflow is threatening downtown businesses, closest to Broadway Avenue.

"Right now we're watching the river real closely," Metro Police Chief Ronal Serpas told News 2. "We're going to continue to keep our fingers crossed that this is going to be as bad as it's going to get, but it's too early to tell. We've got all the right people paying attention and watching.

About 1,500 guests of the Opryland Hotel had to spend Sunday night in a high school to escape the flooding Cumberland River, CNN affiliate WSMV reported.

[Updated at 10:14 a.m.] A rain gauge at a CNN employee's home in Atlanta registered 4.5 inches of rain between 6 p.m. Sunday and 8 a.m. Monday.

In Tennessee, rain and flooding left at least 11 dead. The storm closed interstate highways, displaced thousands from their homes, prompted evacuations of hotels and nursing homes and turned city streets and parking lots into raging rivers.

Parts of the state have been drenched with up to 20 inches of rain and more was expected. The storm also killed four people in Mississippi, three in tornadoes and one in a rain-related traffic accident.

[Updated  at 9:21 a.m.] Thunderstorms and heavy rain were forecast to continue in north Georgia through the morning, with rainfall of up to one inch an hour possible, the National Weather Service said.

[Posted at 7:34 a.m.] A storm that has killed at least 15 people in Tennessee and Mississippi rolled into Georgia early Monday, flooding Atlanta streets and delaying flights into Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

Heavy rainfall was expected to dump 2 to 3 inches of rain in north Georgia by 8 a.m. ET and the National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for three counties in metro Atlanta.

The storm snarled the morning commute in what is already one of the most congested traffic areas in the nation. No deaths or injuries were immediately reported.

In Tennessee, rain and flooding left at least 11 dead. The storm closed interstate highways, displaced thousands from their homes, prompted evacuations of hotels and nursing homes and turned city streets and parking lots into raging rivers.

Parts of the state have been drenched with up to 20 inches of rain and more was expected.

The storm also killed four people in Mississippi.

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  1. nancy derry

    Once again, CNN is totally behind in their reporting. Downtown Nashville was flooded yesterday – not this morning. Three major interstates were flooded – yesterday. There is no mention of all the tremendous flooding in Kentucky. Or the flood related deaths in Kentucky.

    May 3, 2010 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  2. Nic Briones

    CHANGES are necessary to solve the worsening floods all over Earth. Go to DINOSAURTOMAN.INFO/SurvivalCity for more.

    May 3, 2010 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Mike

    Now that the storms have started to effect traffic in Atlanta, CNN will be all over the story as they are headquartered in Atlanta. If there is a US map on the wall at CNN headquarters it just shows New York City, Washington DC, Atlanta, LA and SF. Short of a massive terrorist attack, huge oil spill, or nuclear accident, CNN doesn't care that the rest of the country exists.

    May 3, 2010 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Former loyal CNN watcher

    Wake up CNN...Your neighbors in the south are dying and you don't care. Family's are being rescued as we speak. Granted it's news about a bomb in times square but, IT DIDN'T GO OFF !!!!!! You got people hurting and in need in Nashville. Do your job and report the NEWS !!

    May 3, 2010 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Priscilla

    Does anyone know how badly Lebanon, TN is flooded...specifically Twin Cove Drive? Thanks so much in advance.

    May 3, 2010 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jane

    Shame on you Cnn- this is a disaster area and I am astounded about the lack of coverage- turning the channel now!!!!

    May 3, 2010 at 10:54 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Chris

    Where is Anderson Cooper? I'm sorry but I have to agree with the others comments on your lack of disaster reporting when your Atlanta office is 4 hours away. Truly disappointed.

    May 4, 2010 at 1:04 am | Report abuse |
  8. gypsysoul

    I can't believe you people at CNN....You will NOT be my #1 news station anymore. We just knew you guys would spotlight this and pull through for us, but we were wrong. Some of us DEAD wrong!!

    May 4, 2010 at 1:31 am | Report abuse |
  9. sherri

    sad but true....it seems our situation in the south is "old news". lets just hope that fema gets their act together and actualy help those of us affected by this flood. agree with you 100% gypsy.

    May 4, 2010 at 5:35 am | Report abuse |
  10. Barbara

    I too am appalled by the lack of coverage of the disaster of this storm in the South. I got back to Cincinnati last night and turned on the news to see what had happened since I left Nashville yesterday morning, and nothing, Very little coverage. It's really sad.

    May 4, 2010 at 7:59 am | Report abuse |
  11. SpenserB of North Port FL

    I wish where i lived flooded that would be fun since we're all on flood resistent property wed just hve rivers surrounding our houses woooohooooooooo

    May 4, 2010 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  12. leroy jenkins

    another dirty town, another bath. thank you weather for cleaning up our mess 🙂

    May 4, 2010 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
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