Severe storms that moved through Middle Tennessee and southern Kentucky overnight left one person dead in Logan County, KY, and reports of hail and wind damage in many areas.
Sheriff Wallace Whittaker said 56-year-old Billy Duck was among people sitting outside on a porch around 8 p.m. Thursday when a wind gust snapped a tree limb, which fell onto him.
Lonnie Epley, with the Lewisburg Rural Fire Department, rushed to his neighbor's house to find Duck trapped under the tree limb. Other responders quickly followed.
"Two of us lifted the tree off him, while Ms. Duck and one of the first responders pulled him out from under the tree," Epley said.
Investigators said the Ducks had just finished grilling out when Duck's wife had gone inside the house for a few minutes and heard the strong gusts of wind outside.
When she came back outside, her husband was trapped under the tree limb.
"They were real good neighbors, and real good people. He was a super guy who would do anything in the world for you," Epley said.
Friends said the Ducks bought the farm around four years ago. Duck's funeral will be held in Georgia.
Tree falls on car in Nashville
Two people were also injured in the Madison area of Nashville at Anderson Lane, when a tree fell on a car. The victims were taken to the hospital in serious condition but are expected to survive their injuries.
Parts of east Nashville sustained some of the worst damage. About 8,000 customers were still without power in Nashville at 9:30 a.m., including J.E. Moss and Lakeview Elementary schools.
At 5:30 a.m., a tree and power pole were blocking the intersection of Greenwood and Chapel avenues.
Riverside Drive and Rosebank Avenue also sustained some downed trees.
Kentucky officials said strong winds left downed trees in Lyon, Christian and Trigg counties. Trees were also reported down in parts of Dickson and Cheatham counties.
In Montgomery County, officials reported standing water on several roads near Clarksville.
Bellevue home struck by lightning
A home on Westfall Avenue in Bellevue was struck by lightning around 1:30 a.m. A couple who lives at the residence said they heard a loud "pop."
When firefighters arrived, they saw flames shooting from the roof of the home. Damaged was limited to the second floor.
The owner of the house said he got home from a trip five hours before the lightning strike. No one was injured.
Downed Trees across Middle Tennessee
Minor storm damage was also reported by the following local agencies:
Sumner County - Portland, TN
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