Scott Johnson of Bedford County Emergency Management Agency said the county experienced "sporadic power outages, downed trees and some temporary flash flooding" as the result of Thursday night's severe weather.
"As the strong squall line moved into Marshall County from west to east about 10 p.m., it had some indications of potential tornado activity," wrote Johnson in an e-mail to the Times-Gazette. "We were, in fact, bracketed by severe weather, with tornado warnings issued either side of Bedford County in both Rutherford and Moore counties. We opened the storm shelters for about 90 minutes.
"The EMA facility experienced storm damage when our large 20-foot walkway canopy that covered the entrance to our facility was torn from the building, lifted up by the strong winds and blown 50 feet away.
"Storms this late at night have the most potential to harm because folks are sleeping and unaware. We highly encourage all residents to obtain a NOAA weather alert radio. It will set off an alarm while you are sleeping to alert you to seek shelter."
Walgreens in Shelbyville recently had a weather radio promotion assisted by EMA, Shelbyville Fire Department, Bedford County Emergency Medical Services, Bedford County Amateur Radio Club, and the Heart of Tennessee Chapter of the American Red Cross. The store sold 170 radios in a three-hour period, and volunteers from the various agencies helped program the radios to receive local alert information.