Tornadoes, large hail cause damage across Mid-State - WKRN News 2

Tornadoes, large hail cause damage across Mid-State

Posted: Updated: March 3, 2012 11:35 AM CST
Hail near Briley Parkway South, near Nashville Int'l Airport Hail near Briley Parkway South, near Nashville Int'l Airport
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Smith Springs Road, Antioch Smith Springs Road, Antioch
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Gladeville in Wilson Co. Gladeville in Wilson Co.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

Severe storms moved across Middle Tennessee on Friday bringing widespread reports of damage from large hail, strong winds and tornadoes.

The storm system moved from west to east Tennessee at speeds of 50 miles-per-hour.

All of the tornado warnings ended at 7 p.m.

There were reports of heavy rain, wind and hail throughout Davidson County, but the Office of Emergency Management told Nashville's News 2 there were no reports of damage.

Many drivers caught in the hail storm sought shelter under bridges.

The number of people in Davidson County without electricity reached as high as 2,000 people Friday night. Power has been mostly restored.

The Dickson County Sheriff's department confirmed that a tornado was on the ground in west Dickson just before 3:30 p.m.

Strong winds peeled back the roof of the Hampton Inn off Interstate 40 in Dickson.

General Manager John Lunsford said, "We survived the storm. The storm came through we had a little bit of external damage the façade on our roof was damaged, bent over."

Piles of hail looked more like the remnants of a winter storm.

Multiple homes were also damaged on Lebanon Road in Mt. Juliet.

Employees slipped on piles of hail outside fast food restuarants, like the KFC in Lebanon where about the hail seemed to be a foot deep, according to one woman.

Golf-sized hail knocked out windows, destroyed the siding and roofs of homes in Cheatham County.

Teresa Harvill said, "It's like gunshots, ya know, and then all of the windows are broken out."

Harvill said she took quickly cover in a bathroom with her grandson and started praying.

A lot of the damage was in the area of Kingston Springs Road and Maple Road.

Strong winds knocked trees onto roads and homes and knocked power lines down, but there were no reports of injuries.

Hundreds of people in Cheatham County were still without electricity late Friday night.

Putnam, Jackson and Overton counties marked other hard-hit areas, but no injuries were reported.

Trained storm spotters reported a funnel cloud in northern Putnam County, north of Cookeville, had touched the ground.

Sean Ochsenbein, with the Putnam County EMS, told Nashville's News 2 he witnessed a wall cloud.

"At that point, we saw a tornado drop out of the wall cloud," Ochsenbein said, "and of course debris strated going up into the tornado. It was on the ground for about a minute and 30 seconds on average, and then it sucked back up into the wall cloud."

Emergency management officials have blocked off several roads in that area, including Fairview Road because of fallen power lines and trees.

Officials also reported a tornado in southern Jackson County, where a church was damaged and several homes destroyed. There were also reports of trees down.

In the early evening hours, the National Weather Service said a tornado was located just west of Jamestown, in Fentress County, and emergency management officials reported a tornado in Livingston, in Overton County.

The storms were followed by a cold front, bringing cooler air for the weekend.

Highs will only be in the lower 50s. Saturday sunshine will yield to a few more clouds on Sunday, but both days look dry.

Check the latest forecast and radar conditions at WKRN.COM/Weather.  Read the latest blog post at NashvilleWX.com.

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