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Flooding reported across Tennessee

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Widespread flooding is being reported in Tennessee as heavy rains continue to pound the state. Tennessee Emergency Management spokesman Jeremy Heidt said some areas of the state had gotten up to 10 inches of rain by Saturday afternoon and more was expected.

 He says crews are being called out for swift-water rescues from Nashville to Memphis. He says "it's so widespread, it's a very serious concern." The southwestern part of the state was extremely hard hit, with several streets in the Memphis area impassable.

 Emergency officials in Shelby County say hundreds of people are being evacuated due to high water, including residents of the Navy base in Millington and inmates at a federal prison. The National Weather Service is calling for heavy rain and flash flooding to continue through Sunday.

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