Heavy rains flooded roads in Tennessee Tuesday, closing schools, forcing the evacuation of residents and hospital patients and killing one woman swept from her car by rushing water, authorities said.

More than 3 inches of rain fell between midnight and dawn in Nashville and surrounding counties. Forecasters said the rain would continue through Tuesday night.About 4 feet of water stood in the Lebanon town square after Sinking Creek overran its banks, police dispatcher Bob Harrison said.

Emergency workers evacuated all 55 patients from McFarland-Hu-mana Hospital in Lebanon, just east of Nashville, after electricity to the building was shut off, said Glenna Hunt of the Wilson County Civil Defense agency.

The power was disconnected after heavy rain seeped inside transformers outside the building, she said.

A woman who ignored police warnings not to cross flooded state Highway 231 in Lebanon became stuck amid the flood waters about 7 a.m., Wilson County sheriff Terry Ashe said. She tried to get out of her car, was swept away and drowned.