Nashville man killed in storm; NWS confirms Mt. Juliet tornado

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 2:18pm

A Nashville man was killed and the National Weather Service has confirmed a tornado touchdown in Mt. Juliet after a storm front pushed through the region early Wednesday.

In Bordeaux, a 47-year-old Vernon E. Hartsell died after when a tree fell onto a structure where he was taking shelter. According to Metro police, Hartsell lived in a detached building on family property at 3848 Abernathy Road.

The NWS confirmed an E2 tornado with a peak gust of 115 mph touched down in Mt. Juliet starting at Glenwood Drive and cutting about a 4.6-mile-long path that was about 150 yards wide at its maximum before the tornado lifted around Cooks Church Road.

No fatalities or injuries were reported there, and most of the damage occurred in a commercial district where the roof of a three-story building was torn off and a tractor-trailer was blown over.

The Nashville Area Chapter of the Red Cross reported Wednesday morning that it was assisting 24 families across seven counties and that the number of families who needs help continued to grow.

An emergency shelter has been established at Northside Church of Christ at 1375 Old Hickory Blvd. for those who were affected by these storms.

Overnight Metro's Office of Emergency Management reported that strong winds and downed trees caused severe structural damage and power outages throughout Davidson County. 

At about 4:30 a.m., the OEM reported more than 11,000 people were without power in Davidson County.

NES has crews working outages and as of 1:30 p.m. about 3,877 remained without power (click for map).

The hardest hit areas in Franklin appeared to be in or near downtown, though as of noon no injuries had been reported. Wind and falling trees caused structural damage at 11 locations in Franklin, and the American Red Cross provided a mother and three children who live on Acton Street with temporary housing after their home was damaged during the storm.

According to police in Franklin, crews worked seven scenes with downed power lines and six with fallen trees, some blocking roads. At just before 11 a.m., Fair Street between Sixth and Seventh avenues was the only road that remained closed.

Middle Tennessee Electric is working to restore homes and businesses that remain without power this morning. To see the reported power outages in their service area, go to this map. Franklin area residents wishing to report a power outage can call the MTEMC Power Outage Reporting Hotline at 877-777-9111.