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Local residents recover from storm damage

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Mildred Newsom of 204 Oak Dale Drive, across from Sam Houston Elementary School, said she was awake when a tree fell on her home about 1:30 a.m.

I was up when it started and I heard this loud sound and thought lightning had just struck, she said.

A tree in her front yard was blown over onto her home during the storm. Newsoms friends and family from her church, Highland Heights Church of Christ, came to help in cutting the tree and getting it off the roof.

I dont know who called everyone, but these are my friends and theyre family, she said.

Many other homes had trees fall as well, and in the neighborhood around Oak Dale Drive, homeowners were busy picking up limbs, cutting branches and cleaning up debris.

Ada and Bobby Bryant of 103 Chapman Drive in the Kontiki subdivison off Hwy. 231 North had two trees fall on their home.

We were lucky nobody got hurt, Mr. Bryant said. He suspected straight-line winds blew the trees down.

The trees fell onto their roof over a sunroom, hitting other trees behind their home and filling their back yard with heavy limbs and branches. Mrs. Bryant said the trees fell about 3 a.m.

(Bobby) woke me up at 3 a.m. and said to put some clothes on, she said. Ive been up and out here since then.

With such powerful winds and lightning, power was lost to more than 1,000 members during the storm and almost 100 were still without power Tuesday afternoon, a Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Corporation spokesperson noted.

The wind knocked down trees and ultimately knocked out power to approximately 1,000 members, said Todd Palmer, communications coordinator for MTEMC.

Palmer said around 80 members still had outages later Tuesday morning and MTEMC crews were busy removing trees that had fallen into service lines.

MTEMC crews have been working hard through the night and will be working specifically on this last group of outages for the rest of the day and into the night, he said.

However, Palmer noted that all outages had been restored as of 1 p.m., Tuesday.

Staff Writer Patrick Hall may be contacted at

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