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Middle Tennessee came away largely unscathed Wednesday after a line of storms threatened damaging winds and isolated tornadoes.
The National Weather Service warned high winds would be the biggest risk. Peak wind gusts measured as high as 55 mph in Clarksville and Nashville. Still, there were few damage reports beyond some downed trees and power lines.
Current watches and warnings
The NWS issued a tornado watch for 13 counties in effect until 1 am There are no warnings in effects.
Counties included in the watch include:
NWS urges weather awareness
As always, it’s important to have multiple ways to get weather alerts, including cell phone push alerts from local media and weather apps; social media updates; local news coverage; and NOAA weather radios.
The NWS recommends having an emergency kit you can quickly grab in case of an emergency. It should include essential supplies like food, water, flashlights, batteries, medicine, extra clothing and shoes, toiletries and even solar-powered chargers for electronic devices.
Be sure your devices are fully charged ahead of the storms, in the event of a power outage.
“If you get separated from family, make sure you have a place to meet or have an out-of-town contact to let know you are OK,” the NWS said.
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Nashville Fire officials warned the public to avoid the area around the Courtyard by Marriott hotel on 4th Avenue North after pieces of the building’s façade broke free.
“The paneling fell from about 5 stories and landed on a third-floor roof of the building,” according to Nashville Fire Department spokesman Joseph Pleasant.
No injuries were reported.
Hotel guests are being relocated to other areas of the building as there are concerns that the weight of the debris could cause the roof to become unstable. A structural engineer was dispatched to check out the damage, Pleasant said.
Loose debris could get kicked up in the anticipated high winds, Pleasant said, and the public is urged to stay off the sidewalks and streets surrounding the area until the weather passes.
Over 3,500 customers were without power across Nashville as high winds began to pick up across Davidson County, according to the Nashville Electric Service. By 7:30 pm that number was reduced to about 500 customers without power.
Middle Tennessee Electric reported about 150 customers without power in surrounding counties while Cumberland Electric Membership Corporation reported over 2,400 customers without power.
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Nashville to open severe weather shelter
The Nashville Office of Emergency management will open a severe weather overflow shelter at 5 pm Wednesday. It will remain open through 7 am Thursday.
The shelter is located at 3230 Brick Church Pike. Outreach workers have a plan in place to drop off individuals in designated locations to catch free WeGo vans to the shelter. The overflow shelter is available to all, including pets and couples.
Nashville area weather radar
Wednesday: 30% chance of showers after 1 pm increasing to 100% into the evening. Winds 15-25 mph, with tastes as high as 55 mph. High: 83; Low: 52
Thursday: Partly sunny. High: 65; Low: 39
Friday: Sunny, High:60; Low: 38.
Contact Tennessean reporter Kirsten Fiscus at 615-259-8229 or KFiscus@gannett.com. Follow her on Twitter @KDFiscus.