Woman Killed By Severe Storm With 75-mph Winds

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Pembroke woman killed when tree falls on car during storm in Tennessee – WCVB Boston

A tree fell on a car during a storm in Tennessee, killing the young woman inside.

Laurel Flaherty, a graduate of Belmont University’s law school, was killed when a tree fell on her car along Old Natchez Trace on Wednesday afternoon. Belmont University will extend support services and resources to the campus community.

Flaherty was a first-year law student at Belmont University. She was an avid equestrian and was going to do wonderful things, her family friend said. She was remembered for having a heart for the disadvantaged and the determination to make a difference.

Laurel volunteered at Saddle Up!, a local nonprofit that helps children with physical and developmental disabilities. Her experience with horses was invaluable, and her family will miss her.

A tornado warning was issued for parts of Nashville Wednesday afternoon. The storms knocked out power to over 6,000 customers across Middle Tennessee at one point, and caused 29 roadway hazards, according to the emergency management agency.

Scott Unger, a meteorologist with NWS Nashville, said that the areas around Fairview and Bon Aqua, in Williamson County, were among the hardest hit in the storms.

Manchester, in Coffee County, sustained damage from straight-line winds. Two gas stations lost awnings and multiple trees were down.

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