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Damage Left In Mid-State After Storms Rumbled Through

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(AP) NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Thunderstorms pounded Tennessee, leaving residents to clean up damage as a cold front pushed into the state.

There were no reports of deaths or serious injuries, but damage was widespread, especially in the western half of the state, reported the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency on Wednesday.

"There were 19 homes destroyed or damaged, six of them in Montgomery County," said agency spokesman Dean Flenor.

The Clarksville-Montgomery County Schools opened, but then closed five hours early because 11 schools had no electricity. Classes were also canceled in Henry, Carroll and Stewart counties because of storm damage.

Clarksville officials reported that there were 12,000 customers without power as of 8:35 a.m. At 1:30 a.m. there were 25,000 customers without electricity. There were multiple reports of trees down, poles broke and poles down.

One home in Clarksville had two trees slice into it, trapping a family of three inside. Clarksville police were about to get them out.

The Nashville Electric Service estimated there were more than 1,000 customers without power around 1:30 p.m.

An apartment fire sent four people to the hospital in Warren County. The sheriff said the fire broke out around 1:30 a.m. at the Lakeview Apartments in the city of Morrison.

It quickly burned through eight apartments. Four people had to be taken to the hospital. Officials said one woman broke her leg when she jumped out of a second story unit. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Nashville fire officials said a townhome under construction on Lincoya Drive in Donelson burned to the ground after it was hit by lightning.

National Weather Service storm assessment teams were out Wednesday in Robertson County, north of Nashville, and in the Reelfoot Lake region of northwestern Tennessee, looking for evidence of possible tornado touchdowns.

There was plenty of straight-line wind damage, including some to the Milan City Hall. Trees were knocked down, many through power lines, and blocked some rural roads.

The Tennessee Department of Transportation and the state Forestry Division sent crews and equipment to help clear them.

About 50,000 customers were without electricity at the height of the storm in Memphis on Tuesday night. All but a few thousand statewide had been restored by midday Wednesday, Flenor said.

High temperatures are being knocked down by a dozen or so degrees by the cold front. Memphis, Chattanooga and Nashville expect highs Thursday in the low 70s to mid-70s and the Tri-Cities might not get out of the 60s.

Another round of rain is likely statewide going into the weekend.

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