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Severe storms cause death, damage in mid-state

Posted: 8:54 AM, Jun 21, 2019
Updated: 2019-06-22 00:05:23-04
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Several Tornado Warnings were issued as severe storms pushed across the mid-state. Strong winds uprooted trees and downed power lines across the region.

National Weather Service officials said storms caused the death of a man in Allen County, Kentucky when a tree fell on his truck on Washington School Road.

The line of storms sparked a domino of Tornado Warnings as it moved through Middle Tennessee beginning around 5 p.m. and lasting until 10 p.m.

In Nashville alone, approximately 40,000 customers were without power after the storms hit Davidson County. Many other counties including Rutherford, Robertson, Montgomery and Stewart saw outages reported in the thousands.

MTE: 9,800 outages
Cumberland Electric: About 20,000 outages

NES officials released the following statement as they responded to reports:

“The storms that moved through Middle Tennessee this evening have caused widespread damage throughout our service territory. The winds caused trees and power lines to fall, and currently we have approximately 40,000 without power. Crews will continue working through the night until all power is restored. Due to the widespread damage, repairs will take some time. We ask for your patience as we work to restore power. Do not go near downed power lines. If you see a downed line, call 911. If you need to report a power outage, call 615-234-000, text “OUT” to 637797 if you have registered for text message service, or go to our website nespower.com if you have signed up for an online account.”

Winds reached 60, 70 and even 80 miles per hour in some areas. Those winds caused damage to some homes and structures.

Robertson County emergency crews responded to two buildings that were damaged during the storms. A viewer sent in this photo of a home damaged in Christian County.

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Large tents were damaged and blown across the street in downtown Nashville.

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Dozens of trees were uprooted in Cheatham and Rutherford County as well.

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A large cow statue was overturned by the strong winds in Guthrie, Kentucky.

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Earlier this week, an EF0 tornado hit Montgomery County when severe storms moved through the area. In Williamson County, damaging winds uprooted trees and knocked out power for thousands of residents.

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