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7 confirmed tornadoes in Middle Tenn.

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) - A man was killed in Nashville, and there were numerous reports of storm damage, after severe storms moved through the region early Wednesday morning.

The victim, identified as Vernon Hartsell, 47, was killed around 3:30 a.m. on Abernathy Road in the Bordeaux area of Davidson County, said police dispatch. Authorities said Hartsell was inside a shed when a tree fell on the building.

National Weather Service storm survey teams have assessed damage in many parts of Middle Tennessee, and the NWS now reports seven tornadoes touched down in the area.

Tornado 1: An EF2 in Mt. Juliet in Wilson County

Tornado 2: An EF0 from south of White Bluff in southeast Dickson county to Kingston Springs in southern Cheatham County.

Tornado 3: An EF0 across the Fairview Plantation area in southwest Gallatin in Sumner County.

Tornado 4: An EF2 has been confirmed in Hickman County.

Tornado 5: An EF0 has been confirmed in Sumner County, east of Gallatin.

Tornado 6: A second EF0 has been confirmed in Sumner County, east of Gallatin.

Tornado 7: An EF0 has been confirmed in Sumner County, between Millerville and Gallatin .

The Red Cross is currently assisting 24 local families across seven counties affected by the storms.

A shelter has been established at Northside Church of Christ located at 1375 Old Hickory Blvd. in Nashville for storm victims.

State officials declared a state of emergency due to the storm. Emergency officials are responding to requests from local governments for emergency resources, such as tarps or debris clearance.

Storm Damage Reports

Wilson County: The National Weather Service confirmed that an EF2 tornado packing winds of 115 mph hit Mt. Juliet.

The second and third floors of the Lineberry office building collapsed in on Lebanon Road.

"I built it myself to take an event like this. And it looks like a freight train hit it. It's just destroyed. It laid the building down on top of cars, it put the building on top of people it's unbelievable," said the building's owner Dewey Lineberry.

Workers were inside the building when the storm hit, but took cover under mattresses, which protected them from falling debris.

Many businesses along Lebanon Road between Nonaville Road and Benders Ferry Road are closed due to damage, said police.

A semi also flipped on its side in Mt. Juliet, but the driver was not hurt.

Sumner County: NWS storm damage survey team confirmed that an EF0 tornado hit the Fairview plantation area of Gallatin up to the Highway 109 intersection. Most of the damage was a result of trees being uprooted and twisted.

Cheatham County: Preliminary report from the NWS team in southern Cheatham County (Craggy Hope Rd area) is that damage was caused by an EF-0 tornado. Authorities said Highway 49 and 41-A were covered in debris and several trees are down. A tree is also down on I-40 West at the Kingston Springs exit.

Robertson County: EMA director said that 75-100 homes were severely damaged. Three homes had trees got through them. Most of the damage is in the eastern part of the county. One woman was hurt when a tree fell through her home. Some of the hardest hit homes are in the Highway 76/Gum Station Road area. A BP station on Tom Austin Highway was also damaged.

Rutherford County: About 177 homes and Riverdale High School remained without power. Utility crews are currently working to remove a utility pole that snapped following high winds. Since the repair is expected to take hours, school officials canceled school at Riverdale. A total of 3,000 homes scattered across the city were without power briefly Wednesday morning - all but 177 homes along Warrior Drive are back on.

Hickman County: Major storm damage reports and debris in the Coble community on Highway 438 and Nickel Valley Road. Multiple homes were damaged in Coble.

Williamson County: Structural damage caused by wind and falling trees was reported at 11 locations in Franklin,including homes and businesses, said local police. The Red Cross is providing a mother and three children who live in the 100 block of Acton Street with temporary housing after their home was damaged during the storm. The hardest hit areas appear to have been in or near downtown.

Maury County: a portion of the roof at Columbia State Community College was damaged.

Dickson County: The NWS also confirmed an EFO tornado struck southern Dickson and Cheatham counties. A team survey team has confirmed that structural damage to a house just south of Dickson.

Lewis County: Trees and power lines are down across the county. An older barn was blown down on Highway 20.

Maury County: There was a report of a door blown off at the Maury County Regional Hospital, but there is no structural damage. Some damage was also reported at Columbia State Community College.

A gasline broke at Highland Academy in Portland, TN, forcing students to evacuate, according to Sumner County EMS. Also, there are reports of a roof blown off a building and other debris blocking Homer Scott Road in the Castalian Springs community of Sumner County.

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