- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 15, 2015

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Severe storms passed through much of Middle Tennessee on Tuesday, bringing down trees and power lines, dropping tennis ball-sized hail around Cookeville and producing multiple tornadoes.

An EF-1 tornado tore through parts of Putnam County near Cookeville during the afternoon, raging with 100 mph winds and tearing down trees and other structures, multiple media outlets report. One business had its roof torn off, but no injuries were reported.

“It happened so quick, it was hard to even think about it or prepare,” Cookeville resident Bob Pharris told WSMV-TV (https://bit.ly/1TBb7KK ). “We just had to run for cover as best we could, but it was over as quick as it started.”

National Weather Service meteorologist Bobby Boyd told The Tennessean (https://tnne.ws/1I0CcEZ) that the hail Cookeville received was unlike anything he has ever seen in July.

Elsewhere in the state, an EF-0 tornado occurred in Clay County, and an EF-1 tornado touched down in Pickett County and moved southeast into Fentress County. EF-0 tornadoes have winds between 40-72 mph, according to the Enhanced Fujita scale, while EF-1 tornadoes can reach speeds of 122 mph.

Trees and power lines were also damaged in Madison County and near Morristown and Chattanooga, collectively leaving about 10,000 people without power early Tuesday evening.

The Nashville area was not spared from the high winds either, with trees and power lines down in the Berry Hill area and power outages across the southern parts of the city.

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