More than 100,000 homes in Tennessee were without power on Monday after thunderstorms cut down trees, broke poles in half, and left an off-duty fired hunter dead.
In Topeka, Kansas, a surveillance camera at home captured how brutal the gusts of wind were when trash cans were thrown down the street.
Authorities received 242 reports of wind damage from southeast Missouri, northeast Arkansas, and western and central Tennessee on Sunday, after a 72-mile-per-hour wind gust, Nashville International Airport was the fifth fastest measured in the city’s history.
The National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center (SPC) had warned to treat Severe Thunderstorm warnings in the same way as Tornado warnings and TAKE ONLY.
A video from Topeka, Kansas showed strong gusts of wind while garbage cans were tossed around
The Kittrell Fire Department received significant storm damage during the Tennessee storms, with more than 60% of the roof missing
Fireman Mitchell Earwood was fatally injured by a tree branch on Sunday while off duty in Tennessee
“70 mph is 70 mph, whether it’s spinning in a circle or blowing in a straight line,” tweeted the NWS.
Videos showed the storm rolling into Orlinda area on Sunday and another striking shot captured the dark clouds over West Wilson County, Lebanon.
Fireman Mitchell Earwood was fatally injured by a tree branch while out of service. Earwood served the city for 10 years.
“Mitchell was a good friend and a real civil servant who did everything he could. He is unfortunately missed. Our prayers go out to all his family and friends as we stand with our brothers from the Spring Hill Fire Department, ”said local police.
Brentwood Fire and Rescue “sent a crew to Spring Hill to provide cover as their personnel began coping with this terrible loss.”
“Mitchell was proud of the WCRS as Tech II and spent many hours as a professional volunteer firefighter at both Station 14 and 23,” said local police.
The Rutherford County Kittrell Fire Department sustained significant storm damage during the storm.
“Now that more than 60% of our roof is missing, we’re lucky we didn’t get injured and we can still respond to calls,” they reported.
The roof of the Times Gazette building was ripped off by high winds amid the storms in Shelbyville
The wind was so strong in the area where Earwood died that a metal pole was bent over
“I’m saddened to announce the loss of our 200-year-old majestic oak tree,” a Tennessee resident tweeted. This tree witnessed civil war battles and countless children growing up. Farewell to JT Moore Middle School’s old friend and sentry
130,000 people initially had no power on Sunday when trees fell and power lines were cut
In some places, the wind was blowing at 70 miles per hour, causing trees to fall through house roofs
About 80 reports of fallen trees were reported in Davidson County.
Other Tennesseans were moved to tears after the destruction of a special oak.
“I’m saddened to announce the loss of our 200-year-old majestic oak tree,” a Tennessee resident tweeted. This tree witnessed civil war battles and countless children growing up. Goodbye old friend and sentry from JT Moore Middle School. ‘
In the Columbia area, a freeway sign at the junction of James Campbell Boulevard and Trotwood Avenue was twisted, and the 60 mph wind combined with the heavy rain caused a buildup of five vehicles in Columbia Mall.
The initial number of people without power was over 130,000, according to Nashville Electric, but by Monday it had been reduced to 100,000.
“Sunday night thunderstorm was one of the biggest power outages recorded for @NESpower,” tweeted Mayor John Cooper. It also coincided with the two-month anniversary of Nashville’s deadly tornado. Crews work diligently to restore power and clean up debris in neighborhoods.
“I am grateful that no fatalities have been reported in our province. My thoughts are with the Spring Hill community and the Earwood family who lost firefighter Mitchell Earwood – a true civil servant – during the storm. ‘
He added that it was particularly difficult to deal with during the coronavirus pandemic.
Cooper continued, “This is an unfortunate time for many who continue to cope with the tornado aftermath and COVID19.”
Brentwood Fire and Rescue sent a crew to Spring Hill, Tennessee to provide cover as their personnel began to deal with the loss of a firefighter
Citizens and Public Works helped to remove trees that fell on the paths on Sunday
A striking shot captured the dark clouds over West Wilson County, Lebanon in Tennessee
On Monday, there was a Tornado Watch in Oklahoma, while parts of Tennessee and Missouri had Thunderstorm Watches and Warnings
The National Weather Service reported high winds and a bit of hail in some places