COVID-19 pandemic limits how NWS crews survey storm damage – Nashville-Davidson, Tennessee

Nashville-Davidson, Tennessee 2021-05-05 23:57:50 –

Nashville, Tennessee (WTVF) — May is part of the stormy season. It’s a busy time for meteorologists at the National Weather Service Nashville. The pandemic has changed the way scientists go out and work, but they say they make it work.

Krissy Hurley and other NWS meteorologists confirmed nearly 12 tornadoes in Tennessee on Tuesday.

In other years, Harley will damage all areas struck by the storm, no matter how big or small.

“We go outdoors many times to investigate the damage and determine if a tornado or front-line wind caused the damage,” says Harley.

But as you know, this year is different from last year.

“Unfortunately, the pandemic makes it almost impossible for us to leave the office,” Harley said.

According to Harley, after COVID-19, it may not be possible to investigate the damage caused by a small, weak storm that leaves little or no damage.

“We have so many people that we are a little more wise about where we go, and we are especially grateful for the help we get from the emergency management community,” Harley said.

Although not always successful in every severe weather event, photos and videos from the media and county emergency management agencies can help assess internal damage, according to Harley.

“Without them, we would definitely hurt, especially during this pandemic,” Harley said.

Meteorologists say that photographs can convey many times what cannot be seen accurately on radar.

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