Massive derecho sweeps across Midwest over 1,000 miles – 49,000 without power in Nashville, Tennessee – 80mph winds – 3 people die in Missouri, Illinois and Kentucky

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At least three people are dead after a derecho tore through the Midwest Friday night, downing trees and causing damage for more than 1,000 miles.

A derecho, a rare weather event classified by strong, straight line winds sustained over a wide path.

Heavy, sustained derecho winds sweeps across Nashville, Tennessee on June 21-22 2019
Heavy, sustained derecho winds sweeps across Nashville, Tennessee on June 21-22 2019

At the highest point, more than 49,000 people were without power in Nashville while crews worked to repair the damage. Similar outages were reported across Rutherford County. 

As of 5 p.m. Saturday, more than 10,000 NES customers remained without power. 

The National Weather Service reported winds up to 80 mph in the storm. 

Although tornado warnings included Davidson and Rutherford counties, no touchdowns had been reported as of 9:45 p.m. in Middle Tennessee. 

Previous warnings over Davidson, Rutherford and Wilson counties were allowed to expire as the storm continued to move east, but another round of storms could reach the region late morning Saturday.

Damage in downtown Nashville is seen after severe storms and high winds passed through Friday night. Picture by Zack Frizzle via Tennessean

Ascend evacuated, reopened

On Friday, fans who started to gather at Ascend Amphitheater downtown ahead of a Billie Eilish concert were evacuated around 7:30 as the worst of the storms moved through Nashville.

Please seek shelter, the show will resume once it is safe to do so,” an announcer told the crowd as the NWS issued warnings throughout the evening. Fans were allowed back in after 9 p.m.

The venue was approximately 35% full when the announcement came through. 

“It’s a bummer. I’m not worried. If we’re safe, we’ll go back in,” said London Hazuka, 21, from Morgantown, West Virginia. She and her sister were decked out in neon Billie Eilish merchandise when they saw the evacuation alert. 

I think it’s a tad much,” Khloe Hazuka, 15, said before the storms hit.

The sisters drove 12 hours to attend the show. Gates reopened shortly after 9 p.m. 

Wind, tree damage causes outages

Tangled power lines and a blown-out window caused Metro Nashville police to shut down the area around Third Avenue South and Demonbreun Avenue downtown while glass was cleared. 

Construction barriers toppled and pavement was damaged in downtown Nashville, but no major injuries were reported there of 9:30 p.m. 

A downed tree is seen after severe storms Friday night near Glenrose Avenue and Thompson Lane in Nashville. Picture by Protohype via Tennesean

Several other areas in Middle Tennessee also reported storm damage and outages.

La Vergne and Smyrna Police responded to power outages and closed roads because of downed trees and transformers. 

Murfreesboro Electric reported several areas without power across the city. 

Williamson County Emergency Management encouraged residents to report debris. 

NWS urged caution

When a warning is issued, residents are encouraged to take cover. 

Even if a tornado does not touch down, high, damaging winds up to 70-75 mph are possible. 

In a warning, conditions can be severe. People and animals outdoors could be injured. The NWS warned that residents should expect hail damage to roofs, siding, windows and vehicles, as well as considerable tree damage. Wind damage is also likely to mobile homes, roofs and outbuildings.

Across the US

At least three people are dead after a derecho tore through the Midwest Friday night, downing trees and causing damage for more than 1,000 miles.

In Kentucky, Allen County Coroner Darren Davis confirmed the death of a man killed when a tree fell on his pickup truck near Scottsville.

In Illinois, a 48-year-old woman was killed when a tree fell on her vehicle just south of Ullin. Separately, a 15-year-old girl was injured near Mounds by a fallen tree and was airlifted to a hospital in critical condition.

Finally, in Missouri, a 22-year-old teen was killed and two others injured when a tree fell on the boat Mayberry traveling downstream in the Current River north of Van Buren, Missouri, KFVS reported.

The storms that began in the Plains and tore through the Midwest, continued into the South late Saturday bringing down countless trees and damaging multiple homes.

By Saturday afternoon, power outages from the storms had dropped to more 40,000 homes and businesses in three states, according to poweroutage.us.

That must have been an insane storm! Hopefulle nobody was hurt or injured! Always be ready!

[Tennessean, weather]

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