Much of Middle Tennessee awoke to tornado sirens and severe storms, claiming the life of one person and leaving hundreds with damaged homes and without power.
At 2:55 a.m. Wednesday morning, the National Weather service issued tornado warnings for multiple counties in Middle Tennessee. Sustained winds of nearly 40 miles per hour were reported in some areas, with wind gusts in excess of 100 miles per hour.
The heavy storms claimed the life of one Nashville man when a tree fell on the shed he was living in. The man has been identified as Eugene Heartsell, 47. Darrell Lockridge told NewsChannel5 that just before 3:00 a.m. he awoke to a loud crashing sound. He went outside to see what had happened and found a large tree laying on the shed. Lockridge entered the shed to try and locate Heartsell and found him deceased.
A mother and her children became trapped in their Nashville home after a tree landed on their mobile home. They received minor injuries, but did not require hospitalization.
News 2 reports an 18-wheeler flipped over due to heavy winds in Mount Juliet, TN, a community just west of Nashville along with Davidson County and Wilson County line. It is unknown at this time if strong straight line winds or a tornado is to blame. Along Lebanon Road in Mount Juliet, several roofs have been ripped off of houses, several trees are down and there is also a report of a brush fire. The roof and third floor wall of a building in Mount Juliet was also ripped off. None of the occupants inside received injuries.
In East Nashville, strong winds damaged homes and knocked down trees. One large tree narrowly missed two cars parked in an adjacent driveway.
Heavy winds blew this large tree down in East Nashville.
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are also reports of power outages in the area.
In Antioch, TN., a suburb of Nashville, heavy rain and strong winds pounded the area for approximately 15-20 minutes. Residents in the area, including this Digital Journalist, had to take cover on three different occasions as reports of new tornadoes spawning in the area continued. Numerous tree limbs are littering the area, but Digital Journal has not received reports of power outages or severe damage.
Several school systems throughout Middle Tennessee have been closed due to power outages and damage.
A wind advisory remains in effect for much of the day, with wind gusts expected to reach more than 35 miles per hour.
Storm survey teams with the National Weather Service will respond to the areas affected to assess the damage and determine if it was caused by the tornadoes.