The powerful line of thunderstorms swept east across Tennessee on Sunday afternoon, with forecasters issuing severe thunderstorm warnings and delivering blunt statements as the storms with a history of winds near 70 mph approached.
“Treat Severe Thunderstorm Warnings the same way you would Tornado Warnings and JUST TAKE SHELTER,” the NWS tweeted. “70 mph is 70 mph whether it’s spinning around in a circle or blowing in a straight line.”
The powerful line of storms brought down power lines, with reports some poles snapped in half.
Nashville Electric Service said on Twitter with 130,000 without power, even after the height of the storms, made the incident on Sunday one of the largest outages on record.
The storms came two months after a tornado and severe weather outbreak were blamed for several deaths in and around Nashville.
A weather system moving out of the Central Plains into the mid-Mississippi River Valley will spread scattered strong thunderstorms across the region from Monday into Monday night, with the Middle Tennessee area under a marginal threat.
“We have the potential for another round of strong to severe storms across the Plains States, the Ohio, the Tennessee River Valley later on today,”
Large hail, damaging winds, and isolated tornadoes are among the threats on Monday.