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Local storm damage still being assessed

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Preliminary reports from the National Weather Service Office in Old Hickory detailed roof damage to homes, trees uprooted, out buildings destroyed, and extensive damage to power and telephone poles.

Reports also indicated a trained spotter identified a possible tornado touched down 10 miles northwest of Lebanon at the Boy Scouts of America Boxwell Reservation off Highway 109, blowing the roof completely off the main dining hall.

Chief Andy Garrett of the Mt. Juliet Police Department said the thunderstorm winds blew portions of the copper-tin roof off of Mt. Juliet City Hall as well as damaged trees and the roofs of homes in the city.

“A portion of the roof was blown off right over my office,” Garrett said, adding that no one was inside the building at the time. The damage was discovered the following morning as he and other employees came to work Wednesday.

Also in Mt. Juliet, several homes in the Oak Hall subdivision had windows blown out by wind gusts that reportedly reached as high as 58 mph. One home was also blown off its foundation in Mt. Juliet.

Jewell said despite the heavy rains overnight Tuesday and all day Wednesday, there were no high-water risks around the county. In Watertown, the intersection of Statesville Road and Greenville Road reportedly flooded, according to the weather service.

However, Jewell indicated the risk of flooding was not comparable to last year’s rain that brought on the May 1 and 2 floods. “We are looking at levels nowhere near what we saw last May,” he said.

While they work to take in all of the damage, Jewell said any homeowners with extensive damage to their homes should contact the WEMA office by calling 444-8799 and asking for Steve Spencer to report damage.

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