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Damage Widespread After Strong Storms Hit Mid-State

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Strong storms with heavy winds and possible tornados left behind widespread damage as they quickly made their way through Middle Tennessee on Monday afternoon.

In Nashville, public works crews will work throughout the night to remove trees and other storm debris from roadways. Approximately 80 trees were reported down.

The Nashville Area Chapter of the American Red Cross is assessing the damage and has volunteers mobilized to respond to the emergencies and client needs. One shelter has been opened in Wilson County at St. Stephens Catholic Church at 14577 Lebanon Road in Old Hickory.

There are possibly two more that will be opening in other counties very soon.

In West Nashville, a large tree came crashing down on a home on Vine Ridge Drive around 2:30 p.m. Two people were home at the time. They'd just gotten into a bathroom for safety when the tree crashed into the home.

Joe Taylor, who is 80-years-old and partially blind and his 65-year-old roommate, Doug Leatherwood, were home when the storm hit. Leatherwood shielded Taylor from the falling tree.

"He saved his life, clearly," according to Brent Taylor. 

Taylor managed to crawl out of the house, screaming the entire way.

"He just was covered and had glass on him and everything, crawled out of there. Basically crawled down the steps and was screaming if anybody could hear him for apparently a while and thank God somebody did," Taylor said.

Leatherwood was taken to Vanderbilt where we're told he's in critical condition.

Several tipped-over trees shutdown Guill Court in Hermitage. One even took out the back part of a duplex style condo.

Southern Hills Medical Center reported damage to their roof. Officials said patients on the fifth floor had to be evacuated, but the ER services remain open.

Rivergate Mall closed early due to power outages in the area.

A tree fell on a woman's car as she drove down the road in West Meade. Luckily, she was not hurt.

A large tree fell on Lebanon Pike causing some traffic issues. Two lanes were blocked, but luckily no one was driving by at the time.

In Franklin, several large trees fell on cars and homes. One man had to be rescued. He was home alone and asleep when a 30-foot tree landed on his apartment building.

It shifted the entire foundation, and blocked the exits. Fortunately, the man and others emerged shaken, but unharmed.

In Rutherford County, a tree fell on a vehicle at on Sulphur Springs Road. The roof of a barn was blown off on Bivens Hill Road. Trees were also reported down on Lee Road, Sulphur Springs Road (knocked down power lines), Bradyville Pike near Manus Road,Central Valley Road and Collegeview Drive off Lillard.

In Gallatin, police are asking the public stay off the roads unless absolutely necessary. They said there are numerous trees and power lines down and power is out to many parts of the city.  All major roadways are open but with power out, traffic signals are not operating. 

In White House, Industrial Drive will be closed for a couple more hours as crews work to repair transformers and poles.

In Mt. Juliet, there was roof damage reported at the Rainbow Plaza, Valley Center Shopping Area, Keller Williams Realty, Suntrust Bank, and Wilson Bank & Trust along Old Lebanon Dirt Road at N. Mt. Juliet Road.

The Laurel Valley Apartment complex in that area had roof and wall damage, and several windows were blown out. Approximately 20 Families were affected. The Red Cross is on scene and all families were taken care of.

High winds collapsed a portion of tin roof that shelters the boat slips at Cedar Creek Marina on Saundersville Ferry Road in Mt. Juliet. Roughly a half dozen boat owners, who were in their boats but still tethered, had to be picked up in pontoon boats.

Marina owner Verne Hamblin estimates the damage at $2-million, not including the boats.

In Humphreys County, there are piles of debris including aluminum roofs that stretched along three miles Main Street in downtown Waverly.

Part of a metal roof from a business was caught in a tree across the street.

The 911 call center's transmitter tower was toppled over on top of its roof. It took down several power lines in the area.

Residents are questioning whether it was straight line winds or a possible tornado.

"From what I'm hearing, it was a rain-wrapped tornado. You never really saw anything, the rain was really heavy, and all the damage came through really quick," said Grey Coulier from Humphreys County.

No injuries were reported, but power was still out throughout most of downtown Waverly.

Some school systems closed early ahead of the storm. However, a number of schools across the mid-state kept their students at school while the storm moved through.

Metro Schools were among those who kept buses parked and didn't let children leave.

In fact, elementary and middle school buses are expected to be at least an hour later than normal.

Strong wind ripped part of the roof off of an elementary school gymnasium in Ashland City. Officials said none of the children were injured.

Police said a bolt of lightning struck near Dickson Middle School some time after 1 p.m.  Fortunately, no one was hurt.

Power is still out in parts of Dickson. Dickson County High School is closed on Tuesday. The director of Dickson County schools said other schools could be closed if the power is still out on Tuesday morning.

Dickson County Senior High in the dark but the school's roof has some serious damage, especially the school's shop building.

Work crews are scrambling to get a temporary patch job in place, to put giant tarps on the roof, before more rains move-in.

Between the leaky roof and littered debris all over the parking lot, the director of schools says it simply isn't safe for school to be open Tuesday.

As of 11 p.m., 6,000 Dickson Electric Customers are still without power. That's down from 13,000 when the storms first hit.

Dickson Electric said crews will continue to work through-out the night, as will off-duty police officers to keep looters and lookers out.

In Columbia, the storm ripped off part of the roof at Woodard Elementary School with the children were inside.

The school director said the damage was minor, and fortunately no one was hurt.

The Memphis Fire Department said an elderly Memphis man is believed to have been killed by a power line.

The victim was found dead outside his home on Monday. Officials don't know whether the power line fell on him or if he tried to pick it up.

The victim, who is believed to be in his 80s, was not identified.

The storms left about 60,000 customers in the Memphis area without power.

Monday began with temperatures in the 60s and 70s, but the coming front will drop them into the 30s by dawn Tuesday and there could be some scattered frost. 

Temperatures are expected to rebound quickly with highs Wednesday again in the 60s and 70s. 

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