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Heavy rain and high winds slowed the pace of Wilson County Fair Wednesday and hurt attendance totals. Several large puddles developed along the midway, like the one here. CAT MURPHY / The Wilson Post

Clean-up continued Thursday after thunderstorms moved through Wilson County with lightning likely sparking a fire at a home in Mt. Juliet.

And another round of possible strong to severe thunderstorms is in the forecast for this weekend with a 30 percent chance on Saturday and Sunday.

That was the word from Scott Unger, meteorologist with the National Weather Service Office in Old Hickory.

He noted that Wednesday’s severe thunderstorms were caused by the high temperatures which had climbed into the mid-90s. It was also humid, and the moisture in the air got the lift it needed to bring the heavy rainfall, strong winds and some hail.

Unger noted that officially, only about one-half inch of rain fell at the Nashville International Airport, but areas surrounding Nashville received more, including Wilson County, which had rainfall amounts of up to 2.14 inches. The heavier rainfall occurred in the central part of the county, in the Lebanon area, but the Mt. Juliet area seemed to sustain the most wind damage.

The thunderstorms Wednesday were capable of producing wind speeds of up to 60 mph.

Mt. Juliet Police Lt. Tyler Chandler noted his department and the Fire Department of Mt. Juliet responded to a number of weather-related incidents, beginning at about 1:40 p.m.

He noted that police received a number of calls regarding downed trees and power lines which resulted in a few roads being closed.

The downed power lines caused transformers to catch fire, which required responses by Mt. Juliet Fire. In addition, Mt. Juliet Fire responded to two homes in the city limits that were reportedly struck by lightning, but never ignited.

Wilson County Emergency Management (WEMA) requested mutual aid assistance at a house fire in the 100 block of Clark Drive, and Mt. Juliet Fire quickly responded to the scene to assist WEMA with their advanced firefighting equipment.

“Thankfully, there was no serious structure damage nor injury caused by the storms,” he said.

Other areas of the county were also affected by the storms. A listing from the NWS’ website on Wednesday included the following:

 

  • tree blocking the road at Big Springs Road and Goshen Road
  • a number of trees blown down on Page Drive in Mt. Juliet, and trees down and building debris in the roadway on Old Lebanon Dirt Road in the 1700 block. Tree and power lines were in the roadway in the 1600 block of Chandler Road with the roadway closed
  • numerous trees and power lines were reported down along Trousdale Ferry Pike between Lebanon and Tuckers Crossroads
  • Hail was reported by a trained spotter 3 miles north of Lebanon
  • WEMA reported winds at 58 mph or more at State Route 840 between Central Pike and Stewarts Ferry Pike
  • Structural damage was reported at a home in the 600 block of Poplar Drive due to a fallen tree
  • A barn was blown down onto its side in the 800 block of Corinth Road
  • A Flash Flood was reported near Highway 231 South in the Cedars of Lebanon State Forest area. Water was reported to be several feet deep in some spots.

 

Skies Friday should be sunny with a high of about 96 and a heat index value of 100. The low Friday night is expected to be about 76 under mostly clear skies.

Unger said with the heat becoming a factor again this weekend to pay attention to weather conditions. If you plan to attend the Wilson County Fair which wraps up Saturday night, take precautions. Seek shade (many buildings at the fairgrounds are air-conditioned), and stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids.

“Due to the heat, we could see some strong and potentially severe thunderstorms,” he said, this weekend.

Bobby Boyd, another meteorologist with NWS, said the hottest temperature so far this summer, officially, was 97 degrees on Aug. 6. The hottest temperature recorded in summer 2013 was 97 which occurred on July 17.

The all-time record high (at the Nashville airport) was 109 degrees which occurred June 29, 2012, Boyd added.

Editor Jennifer Horton may be contacted at news@wilsonpost.com.

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