Severe storms bring hail, strong winds to Middle Tennessee

Irving College, Warren County (Courtesy: E. Barnes)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Severe storms brought large hail and heavy winds through Middle Tennessee on Wednesday.

A few tornado warnings were issued through the state as the weather passed through, but weather officials have yet to confirm any twisters touched down. At least one funnel cloud was spotted Irving College, Tennessee.

A Tornado Watch was also issued ahead of the storms earlier Wednesday. It covered the majority of the state until counties were dropped as the weather moved east. Visit for the latest advisories.

McMinnville (Courtesy: Clarence Bennett)

The fast-moving storms began late Wednesday afternoon and continued into the evening as the front moved east. Keep an eye on the interactive radar at

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Heavy damage was reported in Warren County, specifically the area of Irving College where roofs were damaged and debris was strewn across the ground.

Emergency personnel also told News 2 trees were down around Dry Creek Road.

Irving College, Warren County (Courtesy: Ben Lomand Connect)

Bedford County also appeared to be hit hard with at least one barn completely destroyed in Shelbyville.

“The barn used to be, the walls on it were 13 feet high. There were decks on the front and the back,” the owner Troy Taylor told News 2.

He continued, “Here’s the top of one of the decks, and there’s the top of one of the decks. Now how did the deck from the back, get over to the front?”

Shelbyville barn (Photo: WKRN)

Trees were also reportedly downed on Charlie Russell Road as well as on Highway 231 South. A home’s roof was also reportedly damaged there.

The National Weather plans to survey damage in both of those counties Thursday.

Hail was fairly widespread and varied in size with some places being hit with ice that appeared to be larger than golf balls. Some notable areas where hail fell were Cowan, Watertown, Manchester, Lynchburg, and Cottontown.

At one point, there were thousands without power in both Shelbyville and Lewisburg. Click here to see the outage map from Duck River Electric.

Colder air spills in Wednesday night and will be in place Thursday, along with leftover showers and temperatures struggling to reach the mid-50s. It will be a chilly day and you will need your umbrella. Get the latest forecast at

As cooler temperatures settle in Thursday into Friday, frost is likely Friday night into Saturday morning with mid 30s for lows and possibly a freeze in our northern and eastern counties.

However, over the weekend we begin to warm back up and we will have mostly sunny skies.

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