Middle Tennessee hit hard by strong storms - WKRN News 2

Middle Tennessee hit hard by strong storms

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Courtesy: Magen Hollister, Spring Hill Courtesy: Magen Hollister, Spring Hill
Lowe's Home Improvement in Franklin, Tenn. Lowe's Home Improvement in Franklin, Tenn.
Jackson County High School in Gainesboro, Tenn. Jackson County High School in Gainesboro, Tenn.
Lewis County Herald in Hohenwald, Tenn. Lewis County Herald in Hohenwald, Tenn.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

Residents across Middle Tennessee are cleaning up after strong storms pushed through the Nashville area Thursday night.

Downed power lines were reported across Highway 52 in Cross Plains in Robertson County.

Hail was also reported in parts of Middle Tennessee, including north Nashville and the Williamson County side of Spring Hill.

The Williamson County Sheriff's Office reported downed trees throughout the county.  A tree reportedly fell on a home in the Fairview area.  No injuries were reported.

Trees also fell throughout Jackson County and Smyrna in Rutherford County, where at least two trees fell on separate homes on Chestnut Street and Cumberland Drive.

Buildings across the region also suffered damage due to the high winds.

The Lowe's Home Improvement store in Franklin suffered damage to their garden center after severe winds knocked down the front of the garden center and part of the roof.

Employees and customers were ushered to the back of the store merely five minutes before the weather struck.  Luckily, no one was injured.  Repairs are expected to take several days.

Jackson County Schools are closed Friday after storms damaged the high school in Gainesboro.  The roof of the gym and the school's heating unit blew away, and water crept into the hallways and classrooms.

Director of Schools, Joe Barlow, told News 2 administrators were at Jackson County High School past Midnight on Thursday.  They expect to fully assess the damage Friday.

In Hohenwald, the Lewis County Herald Building sustained major damage when the face of the building crumbled.  No injuries were immediately reported.

In a message to News 2 via Facebook, Marne Carroll wrote her boyfriend's family has owned the newspaper since 1956.  They were unaware of the damage until hearing of it on-air.

The National Weather Service posted on their Facebook page that Nashville NOAA weather radios were not working during Thursday night's storms due to a technical issue with the automated system.  They continued to live broadcast due to the problem.

On Friday, temperatures will reach the upper 50s.

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