Much of Rutherford County felt the blunt of heavy storms Saturday (3/9/2019) afternoon and evening. Possible lightning strikes at two homes, straight-line winds--utility poles were downed.
Rutherford County Sheriffs spokesperson Lisa Marchesoni told NewsRadio WGNS, "We have had a few reports of trees and tree limbs down along with some scattered utility lines down across the county, but we have received no reports of significant damage in our county as a result of the storm front that recently passed through."
WGNS' Bryan Barrett along with Meteorologist Paul Troutman gave "live and local" weather updates throughout the evening, as reports on straight-line winds, torrential rains and downed trees mounted quickly.
In addition to the coverage from the WGNS' studio in downtown Murfreesboro, the station also goes to the National Weather Service. Here is one of their reports.
AT 706 PM CST, A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WAS LOCATED OVER MURFREESBORO, MOVING NORTHEAST AT 55 MPH.
HAZARD...60 MPH WIND GUSTS.
IMPACT...EXPECT DAMAGE TO ROOFS, SIDING, AND TREES.
LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE... MURFREESBORO, WOODBURY, AUBURNTOWN, LASCASSAS, MILTON AND READYVILLE.
THIS INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING HIGHWAYS... INTERSTATE 24 BETWEEN MILE MARKERS 75 AND 88. INTERSTATE 840 NEAR MILE MARKER 53.
A TORNADO WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 900 PM CST FOR MIDDLE TENNESSEE.
FOR YOUR PROTECTION MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF A BUILDING
Murfreesboro Police Department's Public Information Officer Larry Flowers told WGNS, "Murfreesboro Police only responded to the two fire calls for traffic assistance, where two homes in the same neighborhood may have been struck by lighting."
WGNS heard from a local girl scout group who were staying in the log cabin at Camp Piedmont, off the John Bragg Highway. During the peak of the storm, leaders took the scouts into the restrooms where they quietly waited for the storm to pass. All went well, and reports indicate that they shared many stories as the night passed. Plus, they did not cut short their adventure in the cabin.
It was a different story from Murfreesboro Fire and Rescue's Public Information Officer Ashley McDonald.
Murfreesboro fire crews responded to two homes in Puckett Station for possible lightning strikes during Saturday (3/9/2019) night's storms. Some of the power and the HVAC unit were knocked out at 4116 Maxmillion. The home at 1126 Averwater received physical damage to the roof. No fire found at either residence. The homes were just a few block apart and in the Blackman High School area.
According to Battalion Chief Jamie Bigelow, Averwater's electric meter will be pulled and crews are working to cover the roof with tarps. The residents are displaced, but did not require assistance.
No one was injured in either incident.
NewsRadio WGNS will keep you informed on any storm related updates.