Nashville Hit With Grapefruit-size Hail

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Hail the size of grapefruit is falling Saturday in many parts of the Tennessee Valley.

The hail damaged office buildings, homes and vehicles.

This destructive storm is the latest to hit an area that's been inundated by heavy flooding.

Earlier this month, at least nine people were killed and thousands of homes were destroyed when the Cumberland River overflowed its banks in heavy rain.

Among the damaged buildings and landmarks is the Grand Ole Opry House.

The Grand Ole Opry House has been stripped to its concrete foundation as workers try to repair damagefrom flooding about two weeks ago.

The stage, including a historic 6-foot circle of board from theold Ryman Auditorium stage, has been removed along with pews thatserved as seats on the house floor.

Opry president Steve Buchanan said Thursday the Rymanfloorboards were protected by varnish and fared well in floodwatersthat reached nearly 4 feet over the stage. The rest of the stagewas destroyed.

The Ryman floorboards are from the venue where the country musicshow was once presented. They will need some work but will soon beback center stage.

Buchanan said thousands of artifacts, instruments and archivalmaterial have been shipped out for restoration.

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