Wind knocks down trees, leaves thousands in the dark

Wind knocks down trees, leaves thousands in the dark

GERMANTOWN, TN (WMC) - Wind gusts in the Mid-South registered as fast as 45 miles per hour Friday afternoon. A wind advisory remains in effect until 6 p.m.

Strong winds made large trees break like twigs, knocking them over onto roads, homes, and power lines. As many as 4,000 Memphis, Light, Gas & Water customers lost power Friday as a result.

A tree fell on a house on Edith Avenue around 11:30 a.m. A tree also fell onto a house on Brookmeade Street in Frayser. Nobody was injured in either event.

Around 2 p.m. Germantown first responders shut down Poplar Avenue between Brierbrook and Kimbrough roads after winds toppled a tree onto live power lines. Police reopened the area around 4:40 p.m.

Road crews diverted drivers around the downed power lines, slowing traffic and even causing some drivers to turn around and go home.

A driver in Memphis is thankful to be alive after a tree fell on his car as he drove to work.

It happened near Windsor Road and Horn Lake Road in Whitehaven.

"I thought I was dead for a second," Quintarius Smith said. "Next thing I know, I opened my eyes and there was a tree on top of my car. The windows, the whole roof caved in."

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