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NWS: Likely 11 tornadoes touched down in Middle Tennessee

Most of the tornadoes were likely EF-0 based on photos and damage reports received by the National Weather Service.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — UPDATE (May 5): Officials said that at least 11 EF-0 tornadoes touched down across Middle Tennessee Tuesday morning which caused mostly tree and powerline damage.

They also said it caused minor roof damage and several destroyed outbuildings. EF-0 tornadoes have maximum wind speeds between 65 - 85 mph, the lowest on the scale measuring the strength of tornadoes.

The National Weather Service in Nashville also said that they found the damage in Cumberland County was due to straight-line winds. 

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The National Weather Service said that it’s likely that at least 10 tornadoes touched down Tuesday morning across Middle Tennessee.

Several of the tornadoes were likely embedded in straight-line winds. It will take several days to survey the sites.

The probable tornadoes were located in Bedford, Cheatham, Cumberland, Davidson, DeKalb, Jackson, Robertson, Smith, Sumner, Trousdale and White counties.

Most of the tornadoes were likely EF-0 based on photos and damage reports received by the National Weather Service.

Tornado warnings were issued Tuesday morning for several Midstate counties, including Davidson, Sumner, Wilson, Robertson, DeKalb, Putnam, Cumberland, White, Lincoln, Trousdale and Macon. All the warnings had expired by 9 a.m.

Damage was reported to the baseball and softball fields at Wilson Central High School. Fencing and scoreboards were toppled by high winds on Tuesday morning.

One person reportedly died as a result of the severe weather in Tennessee on Tuesday morning. Weakley County EMA says a 49-year-old woman was killed when a tree fell on her home in Dresden. 

The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency has activated the State Emergency Operations Center in Nashville to support statewide severe weather efforts. 

Read more at WSMV.com.