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Nashville takes a blow from heavy winds during overnight storms

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Tom Sullivan looks at storm damage to his home in Nashville, Tenn., on Friday, Feb. 25. A tree fell on his home when storms went through the area Thursday night.

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Tom Sullivan leaves his home with his granddaughter, Courtney Cunningham, and his cat, Max, on Friday after a tree fell on his house.

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Jim Smith, left, and Cory Brown look through a gaping hole in the roof of Smith Springs Church of Christ in Nashville, Tenn., on Friday. Part of the roof was blown off during severe weather Thursday night.

Severe storms raced across a stretch of the nation's midsection, pummeling trees and splintering power lines.

Authorities say the storms may have whirled a tornado at eastern Arkansas on Thursday evening.

Winds between 60 and 70 mph toppled trees there, blocking roads and damaging homes across the state.

Heavy rain and winds from 60 to 80 mph blew through the Memphis, Tenn., area Thursday night, said National Weather Service meteorologist Corey Chaskelson.

He said several possible tornadoes were spotted in northwestern Tennessee and eastern Arkansas. Continue reading...