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Nashville's Office of Emergency Management is urging commuters to leave work early to avoid driving when a wave of severe storms pushes into Middle Tennessee later this afternoon. A system of heavy wind and rain has already caused some flash flooding across the area.

A Nashville emergency dispatcher said flooding was blocking McFerrin Avenue at Granada Avenue. Flooding is also being reported along Murfreesboro Pike in Hermitage.

Dickson County Emergency Management Director Rob Fisher said the southern half of the county has "several" roadways flooded. Those flooded roadways include Hogan Road between its intersection with Porter and 2-Mile roads. Spencer Mill Road in Burns has been cleared, but some debris is still in the road.

Trees have been reported down in the Spencer Creek area of Franklin and on Nashboro Boulevard in Nashville.

Nashville police worked dozens of crashes during the morning commute. Several midday crashes have also been reported.

A series of crashes on Interstate 24 is are congesting traffic in both directions between Bell Road and Harding Place.

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