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Second Ice Storm Delivers Knock Out Punch to Mid-State

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by Chris Conte

PLEASANT VIEW, Tenn. - A second ice storm on Sunday morning delivered the knockout punch to many power lines and trees across middle Tennessee already stressed by a first wave of winter weather on Friday night.

"I started hearing the cracking and popping and I said ‘Oh no! We've got limbs down,' and then as we got daylight it was just awful, awful," explained Balinda Gafford as a symphony of ice rained down from the pine trees surrounding her Pleasant View home.

Nashville was mainly sparred from any icing on Sunday morning but communities north and west of downtown were coated in a defined layer of ice, a half-inch thick in some spots.

"A 11p.m. last night when I looked out it wasn't raining or anything, I thought we'd be ok," Gafford explained gazing at the massive tree limb which came crashing into her bedroom under the weight of the ice coating it.

"It was like a big thunder noise and then all of a sudden that limb came through the ceiling," she said.

At the height of the storm on Sunday morning officials estimated some 8,000 people were without power across most of the Middle Tennessee.

Meteorologists expect temperatures to stay above freezing on Monday, hopefully helping communities thaw out. 

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