CHATTANOOGA - Thunderstorms, some gusting up to 80 mph, were blamed in three deaths, interrupted electrical service for tens of thousands of people and left a trail of damage across Tennessee.
Mark Rose, a National Weather Service meteorologist, said the Wednesday storm that snapped trees "started developing in West Tennessee but it really didn't blossom until it crossed the Tennessee River."
More thunderstorms were forecast for Thursday afternoon and evening.
Winds reached 60-80 mph, said Frank Ferrell, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Morristown.
Curtis Peterson Jr., a Nashville Electric Service lineman, was killed about 11:07 p.m. Wednesday in the Joelton community northwest of Nashville when he touched a live wire while working to restore power.
In Brentwood, Beverly Sumner, 58, of Nashville died when a wind-toppled tree crushed the van she was driving. Near Mount Pleasant, Amanda Melton, 24, of Maury County was killed when she lost control of her car and collided head-on with another vehicle during a heavy rainstorm on Highway 166.