A powerful line of thunderstorms tracked across central Tennessee on Friday, damaging dozens of homes and buildings and causing at least one injury. There were several reports of tornado touchdowns from local officials and residents, but they had not yet been confirmed by the National Weather Service.
A possible tornado damaged an unknown number homes in an area about five miles west of Lawrenceburg, said Bill Phillips, a staff member of the Lawrence County Emergency Management Agency. Video from Nashville television stations showed a few homes in Lawrence County with roofs torn off, trees downed and debris littering yards.
One person was injured, but it was not believed to be life-threatening. Tennessee Valley Authority power lines were damaged, causing widespread power outages. The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency declared a state of emergency and activated its emergency operations center in Nashville, which allows them to direct state resources to counties. Five counties have reported damage to the state.
Marshall County emergency management officials say a medical helicopter crew reported spotting a tornado on the ground east of Lawrenceburg, near Interstate 65. Some power lines were knocked down in northern Giles County, but no injuries were reported. Warren County sheriff's deputies reported a tree fell down on top of a roof, a four-wheel vehicle had been thrown through a window and a barn collapsed, but no injuries have been reported.
The damaging storms come in the same week heavy rains caused flooding in parts of West and Middle Tennessee and two months after a string of tornadoes killed 33 people in the state.
Donald Perry, left, and his brother-in-law, Scott Womble, carry out tools from what is left of Perry's garage at his home in Lawrenceburg, Tenn., Friday, April 11, 2008. There were several reports of tornado touchdowns from local officials and residents, but they had not yet been confirmed by the National Weather Service.
Vetta Flippo, left, walks around a tree that uprooted and fell on her home in Lawrenceburg, Tenn., Friday, April 11, 2008, after severe storms went through the area. With Flippo is Derrick Stinson, an insurance claims representative.
Workers help clean up a tornado damaged home, Friday, April 4, 2008 in Cammack Village, Ark. In and near Little Rock, Ark., residents used chainsaws, backhoes and elbow grease to clean up from its latest bout of bad weather _ a tornado that swept through Thursday night.
Marshall Graves stands on top of the roof of a garage he recently built. A storm swept through Jackson, Miss. this past Friday and left the city with a sizable amount of damage, Saturday, April 5, 2008.
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Bron: MSNBC | Gewijzigd: 1 februari 2017, 16:18 uur, door Joyce.s