Reported By Jonathan Martin
A round of strong storms uprooted massive trees and tossed them into homes and cars in East Nashville on Thursday night.
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"We got our things together and started checking on all the neighbors," said resident Michael Griffith.
High winds toppled trees and brought down power lines. Griffith said he feels fortunate with just his AC unit peeled away and his back yard a mess, considering next door, a home was nearly split in half.
A tree split one home on Lishey Avenue in two.
"It just lifted up the tree by its roots and smashed it into the back of the house," said resident Kalin Bluestone.
The woman living on Lischey Avenue was sleep until she heard the storm. She said it's a miracle she woke up and walked in the kitchen seconds before the tree crashed into her bedroom.
No injuries were reported there.
Across East Nashville, daylight revealed some other surprising scenes.
"Neighbors' fences are down. Then you go through the neighborhood, and there's 10 or 12 trees down in a one block area," said Tony Taylor, another East Nashville resident.
There are so many trees down across East Nashville that some described it as a war zone. It seems a lot of people didn't take the warning seriously until the storm was right in their faces.
"The winds didn't pick until, like, a split second before it all happened," Taylor said. "For me, it was so quick, I didn't even hardly have time to respond."
An even bigger reason those so close to the worst of the storm said they feel blessed is because they're able to talk about it.
"We got in the hallway and covered up and prayed; that's all we could do," said Sonja Crawford.
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