Strong wind gusts knocks down trees, power lines - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Strong wind gusts knocks down trees, power lines

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Wind gusts up to 50 mph caused spotty tree and power line damage across the Mid-South.

More than 13,000 Memphis Light, Gas and Water customers were left without power. That number has since dwindled down to just over 1200.

MLGW crews have not said when power will be fully restored.

Click here to view MLGW’s power outage map.

Downed trees have been spotted in several parts of Memphis.

The golf course in Overton Park was damaged by a historic white oak tree that had been standing in the middle of their lawn for years. 

Sam Blair was there volunteering when the tree fell. She said some trees might look like they cannot be knocked over, but tend to rot after years of standing.

"The tree's exterior is the live part," Blair said. "The cambiam and the bark--the interior of this tree is obviously dead."

When the bark gets soft, high winds are easily able to knock the trees down.

Homes were also damaged from winds and trees. High winds caused damage to the Crescent at Wolfchase Apartment Homes. Paneling flew off of the sides of the apartments into surrounding yards.

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