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Much Of Tennessee, Kentucky Under Tornado Watch

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for a large part of Tennessee and Kentucky.

The watch was issued just after 8 p.m. Thursday and expected to last until 1 a.m. Friday for Benton, Carroll, Cheatham, Clay, Davidson, Decatur, Dickson, Henderson, Henry, Hickman, Houston, Humphreys, Jackson, Lewis, Macon, Maury, Montgomery, Perry, Robertson, Rutherford, Smith, Steward, Sumner, Trousdale, Williamson and Wilson Counties in Tennessee.

Areas of Kentucky under the watch included Allen, Barren, Butler, Calloway, Christian, Clinton, Cumberland, Edmonson, Logan, Metcalfe, Monroe, Muhlenberg, Simpson, Todd, Trigg, and Warren County.

A tornado watch means the weather conditions have become favorable for the development of severe thunderstorms capable of producing tornadoes. The NWS issues a tornado warning when severe thunderstorms with tornadoes may be about to happen. 

A wind advisory had already been issued as straight-line winds of 15 to 25 miles an hour moved through the area with gusts over 40 miles an hour. 

The threat of severe weather has moved across the region as a cold front from the northwest has slowly pushed southeast across the country. 

There have reports of storm damage with trees down in Franklin and power outages across the area. Officials with the Franklin Police Department posted on their Twitter page about a tree blocking Bakers Bridge near Mallory Lane. Street crews were responding with chainsaws to cler the debris. 

Crews with the Nashville Fire Department were called out to 5118 Overton Road in Nashville after reports of two houses on fire. Officials said the fire was caused by electric wires bouncing in the wind. They caused an electricity back-up in the homes and electric boxes to smolder.

Officials said there was no serious damage to the homes.  

There has also been several other reports of power lines down in the area.

According the the Nashville Electric Service, over 14,000 customers were without power around Davidson County at 8:45 p.m. 

Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Corporation has reported 1304 outages across Cannon, Williamson, Rutherford and Wilson Counties. 

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