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Flooding reported in Shelby County as storm system exits area

As the storm system moved out of the Memphis area Wednesday evening, Shelby County Emergency Management and Homeland Security officials reported flooding on some area roadways. 

At an underpass along Riverside Drive, three vehicles were stranded due to flooding, the agency said. High waters were also reported on the Poplar Avenue overpass and a tree fell on Poplar Pike in Germantown, according to the agency. 

A Commercial Appeal reporter also saw a car stuck in water under a bridge along McLean Boulevard near Evelyn Avenue. 

The severe thunderstorm warning for parts of Shelby and DeSoto counties had expired.

National Weather Service in Memphis reported about 2.23 inches in rainfall, but that number was expected to increase as the rain continued after 7 p.m. Wednesday. 

Around 7 p.m., Memphis Light, Gas & Water reported 85 outages, with 6,721 customers affected.

Update at 5:26 p.m.: Parts of DeSoto County, including Southaven, Olive Branch and Horn Lake, are under a severe thunderstorm warning until 6 p.m., with wind gusts up to 70 mph, the National Weather Service in Memphis announced. 

In Shelby County, Collierville, Lakeland and Arlington are under a severe thunderstorm warning until 6:15 p.m.

Shelby County Emergency Management and Homeland Security spokesperson Ashley Logan said Summer Avenue at Highland Street has some flash flooding.

Memphis Light, Gas & Water reported 90 outages with 7,352 customers affected.

Update at 5 p.m.: The severe thunderstorm warning in the Memphis area expired, but parts of Shelby County remain under a flash flood warning until 7:45 p.m.

In Shelby County, Collierville, Lakeland and Arlington are under a severe thunderstorm warning until 6:15 p.m.

Shelby County Emergency Management and Homeland Security spokesperson Ashley Logan said Summer Avenue at Highland Street has some flash flooding.

Memphis Light, Gas & Water reported 90 outages with 7,352 customers affected.

Update at 5 p.m.: The severe thunderstorm warning in the Memphis area expired, but parts of Shelby County remain under a flash flood warning until 7:45 p.m.

Update at 3:51 p.m.: National Weather Service in Memphis has not confirmed any tornadoes have touched down, but it has received reports of wind damage.

The Memphis area and surrounding counties are under a tornado warning until 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, the National Weather Service in Memphis announced.

The Memphis area is also under a severe thunderstorm warning until 5 p.m. Thunder, lightning and rain were winds are picking up in the Memphis metro area around 4 p.m. with intermittent sounds of tornado sirens.

The weather service is warning residents about possible tornadoes, penny-sized hail and wind gusts up to 60 mph. 

A warning means a tornado is detected and to take shelter immediately.

Ahead of the severe weather, schools across Shelby County, including Germantown Municipal School District, Collierville Schools, Memphis Shelby County Schools and Millington Schools, canceled afterschool activities.

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