Severe storm hits Marshall County

Friday, June 29, 2018
O’Reilly’s Auto Parts in Lewisburg suffered damage during a heavy storm on Thursday.
Tribune photo by Erin Morris

Strong storms hit Marshall County Thursday, damaging buildings and leaving thousands without power.

The 200 mile-long thunderstorm stretched across middle Tennessee and parts of Alabama, bringing winds up to 60 mph to the county.

The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning in several counties moments before the storm and advised for people to stay indoors if at all possible.

There were reports of minor flooding and hail in some areas.

A combination of heavy rain, numerous lightning strikes and high winds heavily damaged O’Reilly’s Auto Parts in Lewisburg and lifted the roof off of the restroom building at Jones Park.

Trees blocked roads and pulled down power lines

The storm created a bigger problem for Tennessee residents. At 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Duck River Electric Membership Co. posted on social media that over 4,000 DREMC members were without power. After the first wace of storms moved through, almost 9,000 people were left without power across the state. Every single DREMC district experienced outages during this storm.

However, Chapel Hill and Lewisburg were mainly affected due to equipment damage at TVA’s Elk Ridge Substation. From fallen trees to downed power lines, crews were immediately dispatched in efforts to restore power.

Drivers are reminded that when a stoplight has no power, people are required to treat it as a four-way stop.