Damage, no injuries as storms rumble eastward

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A broad swath of Tennessee is under a tornado watch as storms push eastward across the state.

All of East Tennessee, the Cumberland Plateau and southeastern counties of Middle Tennessee were under tornado watches Wednesday morning.

Thunderstorms that caused wind damage and lightning strike damage are moving east into the Tennessee River Valley.

Trees have blown down in Middle Tennessee, damaging some houses, blocking roads and causing at least one school system to cancel classes. The Stewart County Schools in the northwest corner of Middle Tennessee closed for Wednesday.

The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency says there have been no reports of deaths or injuries from the storms.

Nashville fire officials say a home under construction burned to the ground after it was hit by lightning.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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