Storms spawn 21 tornadoes, leave 1 dead in Nashville - WKRN News 2

Storms spawn 21 tornadoes, leave 1 dead in Nashville

Posted: Updated: Feb. 6, 2013 1:03 PM CST
Abernathy Road, Bordeaux Abernathy Road, Bordeaux
Vernon Hartsell was killed after he was crushed by a tree. Vernon Hartsell was killed after he was crushed by a tree.
Ranchwood Mobile Home Park, Dickerson Pike, Nashville Ranchwood Mobile Home Park, Dickerson Pike, Nashville
Highway 438, Coble, Hickman County Highway 438, Coble, Hickman County
Fairvue Plantation, Gallatin Fairvue Plantation, Gallatin

At least 21 tornadoes spawned from a severe line of storms that marched across Middle Tennessee early Wednesday morning.

Widespread damage was reported in several counties including Wilson and Hickman counties, two of the hardest hit.

The National Weather Service confirmed EF2 tornadoes with winds in excess of 111 miles-per-hour hit both Mt. Juliet, east of Nashville, and the town of Coble, west of Centerville.

As of 10 a.m. Wednesday, February 6, the following tornadoes had been confirmed:

# Counties Rating Time (CST) Length (miles) Width (yards) Fatalities Injuries
1 Humphreys EF1 0211 2.4 150 0 0
2 Hickman EF2 0226 3 300 0 0
3 Wayne EF1 0232 2.9 100 0 0
4 Dickson/Cheatham EF0 0247 6 100 0 0
5 Cheatham EF0 0252 0.25 50 0 1
6 Davidson EF0 0255 3.8 50 0 0
7 Williamson EF0 0301 1 75 0 0
8 Robertson/Sumner EF1 0306 11.2 150 0 1
9 Davidson EF0 0312 3.2 75 0 1
10 Williamson EF0 0318 2.1 75 0 0
11 Sumner EF0 0319 3.5 75 0 0
12 Sumner EF0 0323 10.3 125 0 0
13 Wilson EF2 0325 4.6 150 0 0
14 Sumner EF0 0334 1 50 0 0
15 Sumner/Trousdale EF0 0337 5.9 50 0 0
16 Wilson/Trousdale EF1 0340 10.2 150 0 0
17 Williamson/Rutherford EF1 0341 4.6 150 0 0
18 Macon EF0 0347 1 50 0 0
19 Macon EF0 0401 1.52 75 0 0
20 Cannon EF0 0429 7 200 0 0
21 Coffee EF0 0526 4.6 75 0 0

In Nashville, 47-year-old Vernon Hartsell was killed when a tree fell onto his trailer in the 3800 block of Abernathy Road in Bordeaux.

At 3:30 a.m., police said high winds uprooted a large tree, which crashed into the building.  Hartsell was crushed and died at the scene.

Also in Davidson County, at least half a dozen homes in the Ranchwood Mobile Home Park on Dickerson Pike off Trinity Lane were damaged.

A tree fell into a living room where a woman, her son and great grandson were seated.

"It was cracking.  It was just the worst sound I've ever heard in my life," Delorise Adkins recalled.

Adkins was on one couch with her three-month-old great-grandson Ricky and her son Samuel was seated across from them.

"It was just like, I don't know, a train, like the trailer just ran into something, like it was just a loose train and just ran into something," Adkins continued.

No one was seriously injured although a picture frame fell off a wall and hit Adkins in the head, causing a gash on her forehead.

The family is just glad to be alive.

Samuel Reed said, "I'm just glad to be alive. I'm glad they're okay."

"That trailer, you know, is nothing compared to the life of this child or that one, nothing compared to that," Adkins said.

In Williamson County, Ravenwood High School in Brentwood sustained some damage to its roof but classes at the school were held as scheduled.

One of the harder hit sections of Williamson County was just north of downtown Franklin on Eddy Lane.

The storm blew through around 3:22 a.m. leaving downed trees and debris from nearby buildings.

The Franklin Co-op took a direct hit. The roof rolled back like a sardine tin.  The Co-op's garden center was also damaged.

One block away on Ft. Granger Drive, winds tore the roof off a 3,000 square foot building.

At the Old South Lamp Company, water penetrated the warehouse but much of the merchandise survived.

No one was seriously injured in Williamson County.

As of late Wednesday afternoon, the American Red Cross was assisting 30 local families across 10 middle and west Tennessee counties.

The non-profit organization has also set up an emergency shelter located at Northside Church of Christ at 1375 Old Hickory Boulevard, to provide a safe place to stay for those in need.

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