Flash floods, hail, lightning sweep across Middle Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Flash flooding, hail and serious lightning strikes plagued Middle Tennessee as severe thunderstorms made their way across the region.

Heavy rain and hail started falling early Monday afternoon in several counties, including Robertson and Cheatham. Sizes varied but some were as big as quarters and ping pong balls. Click here to view a slideshow of Monday’s flooding and hail.

Flash flooding began to occur across Davidson County around 3:30 p.m. as low-lying roadways were inundated with heavy rain. At least four cars were stranded on Murfreesboro Pike, some having to be rescued by two trucks.

Murfreesboro Pike Rain June 8 2015
Murfreesboro Pike near Vultee Boulevard

The Nashville Fire Department also had a busy evening, responding electrical hazards, downed trees and fires.

According to an assistant fire chief, it appears lightening may have sparked a house fire on Asheford Trace in Antioch.

“I saw the lightning bolt. It must have struck for a good five seconds, and I covered my ears up just like that because it was just so loud,” said Steven Fultz, a neighbor.

“Like it shook the ground and everything; that’s how loud it was, and it lit up the street,” said Neysha Carrion, another neighbor.

Carrion called the home’s owner, who rushed home from work.

“There was still smoke coming when I came up so I was like, ‘Ugh, this is not good this is not good at all,’” said Sierra Petty, who has lived in the home for more than three years with her best friend.

Petty went inside and saw the damage, most of which is in the attic, two upstairs bedrooms, the kitchen, and the garage.  Watch the interview with Petty below the story.

Asheford Trace in Antioch
Asheford Trace in Antioch

She said her roommate used to operate a daycare out of the garage up until a couple of months ago.

“God is so good, god is merciful, and I will be forever grateful for that that he saw for to make sure that the children were not here. None of us were here, even the dog,” said Petty.

The fire marshal will take a look Tuesday to make sure nothing else could have sparked the fire.

Strong and severe storms hit other parts of the state as well. A 3-year-old girl died in Loudon County in east Tennessee after a tree was knocked down, pinning her inside her home while she slept.

Lows Monday night will dip into the mid-60s with skies clearing some for Tuesday with just a slight chance of showers. Temperatures will climb back into 80s.

Wednesday is expected to be sunny and dry with highs in the low 90s.

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