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Severe Weather Across The Mid-State Wednesday

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - High winds, torrential rain and tornados wreaked havoc on residents of Tennessee and Kentucky on Wednesday

The afternoon storm system affected several counties east of Nashville, including Fentress County, Overton County, Putnam County, White county and Dekalb County. 

Three people were reportedly killed in the storms. Trained storm spotters reported wind damage to multiple structures as well as large hail falling across the state. 

A tornado watch was issued for all of Middle Tennessee and expired at 8 p.m. 

The storm system could create a potential isolated Tornado in the eastern and southern counties of Middle Tennessee Wednesday afternoon. 

Most of the early storm system hit southern Kentucky, leaving behind major damage in some areas.

Many areas were reporting large hail and strong winds. Trees were reported down in Christian County, Kentucky.

In Hopkinsville, they received heavy rains that have covered roadways, including Highway 41A.

A large cattle barn owned by Fox Creek Cattle Company on Princeton Road in northern Christian County was destroyed by strong winds. Officials were working to determine if any animals were hurt.

The public reported a tornado on the ground on North Sinking Fork Road in Christian County around 10 a.m.

There have been reports of a confirmed tornado in Greenville, Kentucky. Director of 911 in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky, Kristi Jenkins, said there were no injuries reported.

There were reports of damage to several homes on Paradise Road in Greenville, as well damage to homes on State Route 176.

About one-third of the gym at South Middle School in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky was damaged from the storms. A school spokesperson said no children were hurt, and school was still in session.

A trained spotter reported 70 mph winds at Hopkinsville Community College around 10 a.m.

At 8:43 a.m., a trained weather spotter saw a funnel cloud about six miles north of Hopkinsville.

Paul Carter with McCracken County, Kentucky EMA (Paducah area) reported three houses were damaged, three mobile homes were destroyed in the Ragland area. Four people, including a child, were injured. Two of those were rescued from one of the destroyed mobile homes.

In Ballard County, Kentucky, there were six to eight homes damaged along with several barns destroyed. No serious injuries or deaths were reported.

The National Weather Service said a tornado has caused significant damage to homes near Glendale in Hardin County in central Kentucky.

No injuries have been reported.

The weather service says on its web site that a factory in the Hardin County area was also badly damaged, as well as an area northwest of Hodgenville.

The tornado was spawned by a strong line of storms that rumbled across portions of Kentucky on Wednesday morning. The weather service issued a series of tornado warnings across portions of central Kentucky

The NWS advised residents to be aware of developing weather conditions throughout the day.

At least one person was killed early Wednesday when a possible tornado hit a southwest Missouri mobile home park. Up to 10 others were killed in Harrisburg, Illinois, and one was reported dead in Stoddard County, Illinois.

There was also widespread damage reported in the Ozark Mountains resort town of Branson with some people reported trapped in their houses.

DeKalb County schools closed one and a half hours early. Franklin and Smith County schools closed at 1 p.m. Bedford County schools closed one hour early.  Van Buren and Warren Counties closed at 1:30 p.m.

Fentress and White County schools will close at 2 p.m.

Overton County Schools will be closed Thursday and Friday due to illness.

Stay with NewsChannel 5 for the latest on the developing weather situation.

(The Associated Press Contributed To This Report.)

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