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Metro’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is gearing up for the potential of strong to severe storms forecast to threaten Middle Tennessee this evening.Berry Hill has canceled its annual Halloween party scheduled for tonight at Azalea Park.According to the National Weather Service, the potential for severe weather is expected in our area between 6-9 p.m., which coincides with the peak time for trick or treating and other Halloween activities. Storms are expected along a cold front and include the risk of damaging straight line winds and possible tornadoes. The Storm Prediction Center has placed Middle Tennessee in a slight risk for severe weather.“Anytime we have the potential for severe weather we want citizens to be aware and take necessary precautions,” Mayor Karl Dean said. “Since today is Halloween, more people will be out and about. We want everyone to pay close attention to the weather, especially if any thunderstorm or tornado warnings are issued. We know families want to have fun this evening, but most importantly, everyone needs to be safe and make good decisions for themselves and their family members.” The Nashville Emergency Operations Center will be activated late this afternoon to allow Metro departments to collaboratively monitor the weather system and coordinate response activities, if needed. Due to all the Halloween activities and outdoor special events taking place around the area, OEM is reminding the public to take extra precautions:• Stay aware of changing weather conditions by monitoring local media and having your battery back-up Emergency Alert Weather Radio on. • Please remind children not to play outdoors during thunderstorms, and to avoid taking shelter under trees. • Localized flooding is possible with thunderstorms, so don't allow children to play in storm ditches or flood-prone areas. • Avoid driving through flooded roadways, and use caution at night when visibility is low. Remember: Turn Around, Don't Drown!