NWS confirms 5 tornadoes touched down in Middle Tennessee

Four Corners Marina (Courtesy: Carl Heineman)

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Five tornadoes were confirmed as officials with the National Weather Service surveyed damage left behind from Wednesday afternoon’s strong storms that pushed through the region.

One tornado touched down in Davidson County near Four Corners Marina, which suffered extensive damage. It travelled from just west of Cane Ridge Park to the marina.

Courtesy: William Gardner
Courtesy: William Gardner

A second tornado hit Williamson County just north Franklin. The damage path that extends from near Fieldstone Park to Cool Springs Galleria.

The third touched down in Watertown, Tennessee, where News 2 spoke with a woman who was lifted of the ground while inside her truck.

Two more touched down in Putnam County. All five were classified as EF-1.

The strong storms moved through Middle Tennessee early Wednesday morning beginning around 5 a.m. The system moved east over the next several hours. For the latest weather conditions, visit wkrn.com/weather.

Damage across Middle Tennessee

Two trailers were damaged by falling trees on Riley Road in Clarksville, trapping several people inside one of the homes. One child and one adult were transported for minor injuries.

Falling trees also reportedly damaged a home on Old Russellville Pike and a garage on Dalewood Drive. There was also a report of damage to a preschool on Old Russellville Pike.

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Henry and Humphreys counties officials both reported several reports of downed trees, power poles that were blown over and power outages.

In Williamson County, there were also several reports of downed power lines, trees ripped from the ground and traffic lights not working. Motorists were urged to use extreme caution, especially in the Cool Springs area.

As of 4 p.m., officials say across the entire county, two buildings sustained major damaged, 52 moderate damage, and just less than 500 with minor damage.

The Wilson County Sheriff’s Office reported a possible tornado touched down in Watertown, around South Commerce Road. That tornado was later confirmed by the NWS.

In Watertown, the mayor told News 2 several homes and barns were damaged. Power was also out throughout the town and the Watertown sanitation department was reportedly experiencing issues.

Creekwood High School damage. (Courtesy: Danny Weeks)
Creekwood High School damage. (Courtesy: Danny Weeks)

A boy was also taken to the hospital as a precaution in Montgomery County after EMA Director Jerry Buchanan said a tree fell on his family’s trailer.

Sumer County EMA Ken Weidner said trees and power lines were reported down in Portland and a church across from city hall had its roof ripped off. Several businesses in Hendersonville also reported blown out windows.

DuPont Hadley Middle School’s principal told News 2 winds damaged the back of its building and students had to be moved to the gym as a precaution.

Creekwood High School in Dickson also suffered roof damage and had some water pipes burst, affecting around six classrooms. Students were moved to other parts of the building.

Power Outages

At the height of the storms, Middle Tennessee Electric reported nearly 12,000 power outages in its coverage area. By 10:45 a.m. that number had dropped to around 3,700 customers. By 2 p.m., service was restored to the majority of the area, leaving only around 350 homes without power. Click here to view the outage map.

Nashville Electric Service also reported around 12,000 outages earlier Wednesday. By late morning, around 8,200 customers were still without power. By 2 p.m., there were still about 3,400 homes without power. The department said just before 10 p.m. all that remained were small or individual outages, which take longer to repair and they hope to have customers back on overnight. Click here to view the outage map.

School Closures

Benton, Cheatham, Montgomery, Robertson, and other counties decided to open schools late because of the storms. Perry County Schools were closed for the day.

Metro-Nashville Schools opened on time, but said in a statement any students who were late because of the storm would not be counted as tardy.

Suntrust Bank in Brentwood, Tennessee (Courtesy; @ftnweatherman)
Suntrust Bank in Brentwood, Tennessee (Courtesy: @ftnweatherman)

Williamson County Schools also opened on time. Later Wednesday morning Superintendent Dr. Mike Looney issued an apology via Twitter for the decision.

“I apologize for my decision not to delay school this morning,” he said. “Key personnel had monitored the storm’s track for the past several days. We expected it to arrive later this morning during the school day.”  

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