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Severe weather downs trees, knocks out power across Nashville

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Edward Burch, WSMV Edward Burch, WSMV
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A powerful weather system cut a path of damage through parts of Nashville late Sunday evening packing winds of 60 mph with downpours causing flash flooding conditions.

The National Weather Service said it was microburst that slammed west Nashville in an area from Bellevue to Belle Meade.

The system came from nowhere, created by hot, humid summer-like conditions. It sat over the Belle Meade area for some time before it moved out.

The microburst toppled trees like toothpicks, falling onto power lines and, in a few cases, falling onto homes.

Sam Shamburger, a meteorologist at the Nashville Weather Service’s Nashville office, said microbursts are extremely dangerous.

“They were so intense yesterday, they lifted all the water and air into the atmosphere, staying aloft and it came crashing down all at the same time,” said Shamburger.

Hot summer patters can be the perfect setup for a microburst.

Strong winds and heavy rain snapped at least nine utility poles across Nashville and brought down massive trees. Dime-sized hail was reported in Pegram and Fairview. 

News4 talked to a West Meade resident who was inside his house when a tree came crashing down onto his roof. He was not injured.

The BP gas station at the corner of Highway 70 and Old Hickory Boulevard also sustained damage.

Metro Public Works crews are working to clear downed trees and power lines throughout Nashville. If you see a disconnected power line, don't go near it. Call 911 instead.

Thousands across Davidson, Cheatham, Robertson and Sumner County experienced power outages on Sunday. Power has been restored to more than 5,000 NES customers in southwest Nashville. More than 600 customers are still without power in the area.

NES released the following statement Monday morning: 

NES crews have been working throughout the night to restore power after last night’s storms. There are currently about 600 customers without power after storms knocked down trees and power lines. At this hour, we know of at least nine broken utility poles that are being repaired or replaced. West Nashville was hit the hardest by the storms, especially Bellevue, Belle Meade and West Meade. We want to remind you that if you see a downed power line or broken pole, do not go near it. Immediately call 911.

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SLIDESHOW: Photos of storm damage in Nashville 

More widespread showers are in the forecast Monday afternoon. Spotty showers and storms are possible Tuesday.

Wednesday and Thursday are the two drier days of the week. Friday, Saturday and Sunday the chance of rain increases again.

Temperatures remain well above average in the mid to upper 80s all week. 

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