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Waves Of Storms Leave Damage In Mid-State

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Several series of strong storms left damage throughout the mid-state on Friday. 

There were reports of 10 to 15 homes destroyed in Jackson County near Putnam County line; at least three injured. Emergency Crews were called out to Fairview Road in northern part of Putnam County in response to calls that several mobile homes had been blown down and residents were trapped.

Possible tornado reports include in Dickson south of Highway 48, according to EMA. A funnel cloud was spotted near I-40, north of Fairview. Several businesses in Dickson sustained damage in the storm. The roof of the Hampton Inn on East Christi Drive was blown away, and the sign of the Advance Auto Parts was knocked down in the strong winds. 

Several residents also reported heavy damage to homes and cars due to the half-inch to two inch hail that was reported. Hail was one of the most common elements of the storm system and viewers of NewsChannel5 reported seeing hail sizes varying from pebbles to softballs.

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In Wilson County, a funnel cloud was spotted south-southeast of Lebanon by a trained weather spotter. The high winds in this area also caused many trees to be blown over to lose branches. 

Several aircrafts were damaged at the Lebanon Airport in Rutherford County. And in Lincoln County, shingles off the community center in Boonshill.

Tornado and severe thunderstorm warnings were issued for parts of southern Middle Tennessee after a front moved through around 10 a.m. The same storm system produced at least two tornadoes that damaged homes in northern Alabama. No injuries were reported. 

Some moderate storms had developed before dawn Friday in Middle Tennessee.

Metro's Office of Emergency Management has been fully activated. That means agencies are debriefed & ready to respond. At a debrief on Friday morning, Metro officials said that the worst weather would be in Nashville between 1 and 6 p.m. along the I-40 corridor.

The severe storm prediction was raised early Friday morning from moderate to high by the National Weather Service, and additional precautionary measures have been established.

Several areas have set up shelters ahead of the storms.

Several school systems closed early Friday due to the severe storms.

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

(The Associated Press Contributed To This Report.)

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