Storms Strike County

Friday, March 10, 2017
One of the radio towers on Skyline Drive in Lewisburg showed the strength of the winds passing through the city in the early morning hours. This tower serves Lewisburg Police and Lewisburg Fire radios, but no communication problems have resulted for the emergency services.
Tribune Photo by Scott Pearson

A strong line of storms swept through Marshall Country overnight, leaving, in the words of Steve Calahan, “widespread damage.”

Calahan, the Director of the Marshall County Office of Emergency Management, briefed the media on the aftermath of the storm Friday morning.

No injuries have been reported so far and crews are spread through the effected area to assess the damage in the daylight.

The National Weather Service placed the county under a tornado warning at 11:30 p.m. While a tornado has not yet been confirmed, there were reports of straight line winds of up to 90 miles per hour.

NWS teams are expected during the day to assess the damage and the possible cause.

Joey King, 911 director, said that his office was swamped with calls between 11:30 p.m. and 1:30 a.m.

While reports are still coming in, most damage was to the south of Mooresville Highway and Fayetteville Highway.

As of 7 a.m. roughly 50 Lewisburg Electric customers were still without power, down from 1,200 overnight.

Duck River Electric reported 792 residents still without power at 7 a.m.

Calahan urged anyone who needed electricity to power home medical devices to call the OEM office at 359-5810.

He reported that roadways were passable, thanks to emergency crews working overnight, although some places were still limited to one lane.

Calahan reminded residents to avoid downed power lines and to make sure to use generators outside in well ventilated areas.