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Straight-line winds cause of Middle Tennessee damage, NWS says

NWS officials determined straight-line winds were the cause of damage across Middle Tennessee Tuesday.
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National Weather Service(WALB)
Published: May. 4, 2021 at 6:41 PM EDT|Updated: May. 5, 2021 at 1:23 PM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -National Weather Service officials confirmed Wednesday, straight-line winds were the cause of damage across Middle Tennessee Tuesday.

On Tuesday, May 4, NWS officials reported seeing the damage of EF-0s but were still investigating in Robertson, Cheatham, Davidson, Sumner, Trousdale, Jackson, Smith, DeKalb, White, Cumberland and Bedford counties.

“We determined through an EMA survey, as well as pictures and video and peaking at radar again that that damage was due to straight-line winds. So we do not have any plans to head out that way as this time,” said NWS when asked about possible tornadoes through the area.

According to the National Storm Prediction Center, parts of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, Arkansas and Georgia were at enhanced risk for the worst weather.

“We’ll see all three threats as far as hail, wind and tornadoes on Tuesday,” said Mike Edmonston, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Mississippi.

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