NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Severe storms rolled through Middle Tennessee Wednesday night, causing flooding and prompting road and school closures across the area.
A heavy band of showers and storms traveled mainly along and south of Interstate 40. A couple storms became strong with damaging straight line winds, and so much rain fell that dozens of roads were blocked throughout the mid-state.
A Tornado Warning was issued Wednesday afternoon for Cannon, Dekalb, Rutherford and Wilson Counties, but it was quickly canceled as the storm died down. Possible rotation caused damage to a car shed in Milton, Tennessee. More warnings were later issued for Cheatham, Williamson, Davidson and Dickson Counties. They were also allowed to expire.
The National Weather Service later confirmed an EF-0 tornado, with maximum winds of 80 mph, caused damage in Rutherford County near Milton. The path was 1.2 miles long and 75 yards wide. Storm survey also showed an EF-0 tornado touched down in the area of the Tuckers Crossroads community in Wilson County.
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Heavy downpours will also caused messy conditions on the roads during the evening commute. A few locations received 2-4" of rain and others received up to 5 inches.
Roads in Nashville were also closed. Rosa Parks Blvd flooded at the Farmers' Market. Two cars became trapped and drivers had to be rescued.
Interstate 24 West in Nashville at Exit 52 for Murfreesboro Road was also flooded and had to be shut down.
Thursday morning, the Music City Star canceled all commuter rail service due to impassible tracks in Wilson County at Cairo Bend Road.
In Nashville, a massive tree fell at Chet Atkins place in the Music row area, causing some power outages. NES worked frantically to get power restored to over a hundred customers in the area.