Straight Line Winds Cause Damage In Rutherford County

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Straight Line Winds Cause Damage In Rutherford County

CREATED Apr 4, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Straight line winds caused some damage in the Rutherford County area on Friday morning.

A National Weather Service survey team determined that winds around 80 miles per hour caused the damage in La Vergne, Smyrna, Walterhill and Lascassas. No injuries were reported.

In Smyrna, the roof was blown off a car wash on Sam Ridley Parkway and a gas station's roof was damaged. A building was also damaged at the Smyrna Parks and Recreation Department at 102 East Sam Ridley Parkway.

Kathy Tyson, spokesperson for the city of La Vergne, said a roof was blown off from Ideal Cabinet Shop on Murfreesboro Pike. Some businesses along Wheeler Street also reported damage. 

Other areas reported less serious damage.

In Franklin, a tree was blown down at Royal Oaks at Mack Hatcher Parkway near the YMCA. Another tree was said to be down at 201 S. Royal Oaks near Murfreesboro Road.

Mt. Juliet Police reported standing water in the 2900 block of W. Division Street near the County line.

There have also been some reports of trees down along Highway 100 in Centerville.

A tornado watch was canceled around 8 a.m. Friday morning as the storms moved out of the area.

Showers and thunderstorms moving through West and Middle Tennessee in the morning are expected to stretch into the afternoon and evening in East Tennessee.

Afternoon highs will range from upper 50s to lower 70s, then temperatures will drop Friday night into the upper 30s and lower 40s.

Winds could gust up to 25 mph Friday evening.

NWS Officials said April is the number month for tornadoes in Tennessee.

NewsChannel 5 Meteorologist Ron Howes said the primary threat will be strong, damaging winds and hail, although the possibility of an isolated tornado cannot be ruled out.

The severe weather threat comes as the result of a line of storms moving across parts of Arkansas, Missouri and Illinois. An EF1 twister was reported shortly before 5 a.m. Thursday just west of St. Louis.

No one was injured as a result of the storm.

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(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)