Damage reported from storms

Staff Reports • Dec 17, 2015 at 7:02 PM

As a line of thunderstorms continues through Wilson County on Wednesday afternoon, reports of downed trees, hail and power outages begin to become more frequent.

Wilson Emergency Management Agency Director Joey Cooper said downed trees and power outages are reported in Mt. Juliet, Lebanon and Watertown. He also received reports of hail from small to nickel size.

Cooper said no major damage was reported, but reports were still being gathered from all WEMA departments.

A tree branch fell on a truck belonging to Hayward Phillips on N. Cumberland Street in Lebanon. Phillips uses his truck to sell produce. He was not in the truck when the tree limb fell into the bed. The truck sustained minor damage and Phillips said things could have been a lot worse.

There are reports of telephone poles broken in half near Highway 840 and Couchville Pike. Trees are also reported down on Couchville Pike towards Vesta Road.

Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Corp. officials said about 128 homes or businesses were without power at 3 p.m. across Wilson County.

National Weather Service meteorologist John Cohen said sporadic damage reports were coming in from across Wilson County with the most significant in the Mt. Juliet area from trees and power lines down.

Cohen said a spotter reported 1-inch hail received in neighboring Trousdale County. He said there were no reports of tornados.

“We’ve gotten some reports of rotation in the clouds, but there are no confirmed reports of tornados,” Cohen said.

The NWS issued a flash flood warning for Wilson County until 5:45 p.m.

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