Severe storms cause damage across Murfreesboro

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WKRN) –The roof of a motel was blown off by strong winds, fallen trees caused power outages and multiple structures were damaged Tuesday night in Rutherford County.

It happened at the Imperial Inn, located at 610 N.W. Broad St., around 9 p.m.

When fire officials arrived on the scene, they found the center portion of the motel’s roof missing.

Salvation Army, Murfreesboro
Salvation Army, Murfreesboro

The root was blown over 500 yards from the motel and came to rest in an empty lost near Grumpy’s Bail Bonds.

According to Shift Commander Tim Swann, winds in Murfreesboro reached approximately 60 mph during the storms.

The American Red Cross was called to assist guests with alternative accommodations. An unknown number of motel guests were relocated to New Vision Baptist Church.

Murfreesboro Building and Codes Department were contacted to assess the damage of the building.

Swann said the motel will most likely be closed for business until further notice.

No one was injured during the incident.

Wind and rain destroyed thousands of dollars in donations at the Salvation Army Family Store located at 125 S Front St.

Strong winds blew the roof off of the building, and when the ceiling caved in, water poured in and destroyed everything inside, from clothing to furniture.

Lieutenant Andy Seiler told News 2 the damage estimate is between $40,000 and $50,000.

Volunteers are needed at the store beginning at 9 a.m. Thursday morning to help put clothes into bags and load the trailer and dumpster. Volunteers should be over the age of 14.

For more information, call the Salvation Army Center of Hope at 615-895-7071.

Murfreesboro (Courtesy: iReport2)
Murfreesboro (Courtesy: iReport2)

To make a monetary donation to the store, click here.

Everything inside the family-owned Furniture Merchandise Outlet, located at 531 N.W. Broad St., is being moved outside.

The wind damaged the roof and two windows in the front of the store allowing rain to get inside.

The store owner told News 2 his alarm company called him after the alarm went off. He was aware of the weather, but never expected so much damage.

He tells us after they get all the furniture out, they’ll set up at tent in the parking lot and sell as much of what’s left as they can.

Fallen trees caused power outages on Courtland Street. Crews worked through the night to restore power to the area.

Several roads in the area were closed due to flash flooding. They have since reopened to traffic.

A member of the iReport2 network sent in pictures of her Murfreesboro driveway she claimed was struck by lightning twice.

The strikes caused the concrete to blow up and melt. The two strikes were just six feet apart.

Send us your weather photos and videos to pix@wkrn.com.

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