Strong storms damage homes, knock out power

Monday, July 26, 2010 at 8:53pm

Severe storms that swept across Davidson County on Monday night spawned a tornado warning, power outages and reports of damage to homes north of Nashville.

In the Bellshire community, 12-15 homes sustained minor structural damage such as missing shingles and siding, according the Metro Office of Emergency Management, which was partially activated to respond to the storm.

Most of the damage was concentrated along Brick Church Pike, Masonwood Drive and Westchester Drive, and a duplex on Brookway Drive also had part of the roof blown off.

At the peak of the storm, more than 5,500 Nashville Electric Service customers were without power but that number was reduced to fewer than 750 by 1 a.m. Tuesday.

The storm was part of a system that prompted a tornado warning for Davidson County just after 7 p.m. Monday.

A spotter reported a tornado at 7:33 p.m. near downtown Nashville, according to the National Weather Service. Strong winds reportedly overturned a tractor-trailer on Interstate 24 north of Nashville around 7 p.m.

Fortunately, the storm that produced strong winds and a dazzling display of lightning was short-lived. Most storms weakened quickly, and the warning was canceled at 7:45 p.m.

More popup storms are possible Tuesday as hot and humid conditions continue with highs near 92 degrees. Heat index values will be as high as 100 degrees with calm winds around 5 mph.

A weak front over the area and increasing moisture is expected to produce scattered thunderstorms. There is a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 7 a.m. A few storms may become strong with gusty winds and heavy downpours.

5 Comments on this post:

By: may not on 7/27/10 at 8:20

Nashville has the most pathetic tornado sirens available. A single faint tone - similar to that used by television networks to "bleep" language - is NOT sufficient to warn anyone of approaching storms.

When I was a kid in the waning days of the Cold War, we had SIRENS. Triple-tone, like a ship's horn, rotating around in every direction. They were tested, every day, at noon. You couldn't miss this, even a mile away. Heck, even Alabama's got sirens like that.

Are we serious about tornado warnings or not?

By: girliegirl on 7/27/10 at 8:32

I said the same thing last night...."siren, what siren?" while we were watching HBO. LOL No telling how many other folks were possibly in danger for the same reason.

By: Kosh III on 7/27/10 at 10:14

I guess it depends on what part of town you are in. Near Rivergate there were tornado sirens going off for a long time.

By: Taxedtodeath on 7/27/10 at 10:54

Well look who put them in OEM the Black hole that where Metro money Disappears in to never to be seen again

Some of the Sirens do not work

There Activated by so called Dispatchers that have Little to no Training that have freaked out and refused to answer phones and radios during emergency's

the Feds need to look in to them they Misappropriate funds and grants constantly

So do what to trust you safety to this Department ? ???

By: Taxedtodeath on 7/28/10 at 8:19

To add to my Concern