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County assessing damage after Wednesday night storms

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At around 8 p.m. Wednesday night, severe thunderstorms and damaging winds affected many areas across Williamson County in Brentwood, Thompson’s Station, Spring Hill and Bethesda, among other communities.

Damage included downed trees and powerlines across the county, according to a press release sent by Williamson County Emergency Management Agency.

According to the National Weather Service, winds reached up to 70 mph in some areas of the county overnight. City and county responders are working to reopen roads that have been impacted by downed trees and power lines.

According to outage reports from the Nashville Electric Service and Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Corporation, the Williamson County area experienced over 5,000 power outages. Teams worked throughout the night to restore power to impacted areas, according to Williamson County EMA.

A list of closed and impacted roads can be found on the WCEMA website, at www.williamsonready.org. The list will be updated periodically as roads are reopened.

Williamson County EMA is also looking for the public’s assistance to document damages resulting from the storms. The information will be used to assist responders as they continue to provide services to the community and the National Weather Service as they assess the damage and its impact.

Residents can report damage through the established online damage survey at https://survey123.arcgis.com/share/9e2886ec3063483ebccf739a1d4ae3de.

Bethesda Community

One of the many Williamson County residents affected by the severe thunderstorms were Riverside Franklin owners Lynda and Tom McGuire, who live in Bethesda.

The couple was enjoying a nice evening on their deck when dark clouds started to appear a little before 8 p.m.

“Huge black clouds moved in, and all of a sudden, it was just storming and hail,” Lynda McGuire said. “Then, you could hear the limbs popping.”

She reported eight large trees, some over 200 years old, were either uprooted or had large limbs break off.

However, Mrs. McGuire said everyone at their home was safe during the storm, and no damage occurred to her home.

“We are very fortunate that our house, our family and everybody in our [Bethesda] community, as far as I know, is ok,” she said.

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