The strong storms last night downed trees and power lines in many areas of Middle Tennessee.
The picture of Stormtracker at 10:15pm shows a "gust front" or "outflow boundary" (the skinny line starting to push out ahead of the storms).
A 52mph gust was measured at Nashville airport, and a 76mph wind was measured 3 miles north of Murfreesboro.
The picture to the right shows a tree and power line down in East Nashville on Meadow Rose Drive. I have circled the sparking power line. Notice the smoke coming from the tree. Picture by News 2's Jerry Barlar.
The gust front is caused by the air that rapidly flows downward out of the storms and spreads forward ahead of them.
We could still see a few more showers and t'storms today when the cold front actually passes through (Nashville around lunchtime). It could generate more storms in south and east Middle Tennessee, but the hope is that the temperatures stay cool enough to keep them from becoming severe.
They should be out of here in time for high school football tonight as cooler and drier air pushes in to give us another delightful August weekend with highs in the low 80s and lows in the 50s to near 60.
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