Storms Continue To Cause Destruction

May 26th, 2011 · 1:46 pm @ J. Marshall Hughes  -  No Comments

A line of strong storms that entered Davidson County shortly before 11 p.m. last night has resulted in at least 57 calls to Metro Police dispatchers because of trees and power lines down. At 6:15 a.m. today over 17,000 residents were out of power.

The Weather Service had a report of a tornado spotted in Rutherford County with one-inch hail as well, meteorologist John Cohen of the Weather Service said. In Smithville, a BP gas station on was demolished with a lot of trees down in the area as well, the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department said. No injuries were reported.

In Lawrence County, an emergency response employee was struck by lightning at the EMS building on Highway 64. The male employee was transported to Vanderbilt, but the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department said this morning that injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.

A 70 percent chance of rain continues through the day, Cohen said. Scattered severe storms are again possible later this afternoon and evening as a cool front pushes through. But the risk for severe storms later Thursday should be more isolated and not as widespread, Cohen said.

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