Hickman County hit hard by EF2 tornado - WKRN News 2

Hickman County hit hard by EF2 tornado


More than 15 homes were damaged by in an EF2 tornado that hit Hickman County early Wednesday morning.

Most of the damage was along a four or five mile stretch of Highway 438 near Briar Pond Road in the town of Coble, west of Centerville.

One person suffered minor injuries.

Nathan Estes and his dog Rhino rode out the storm.

Estes told Nashville's News 2 he heard a loud "boom" and his front door blew in.  

"It lasted about 30 seconds to a minute. It was pretty scary," said Estes, "I was actually praying and hoping everybody else was okay."

Estes told Nashville's News 2 his home is likely a total loss.

John Seaborn, who is Estes' neighbor, was working to pick up the pieces at his bee farm Wednesday.  He said only about to 30 of his 70 hives survived.  He said he lost tens of thousands of bees.

"I've just had a gut feeling and I've learned over the years to go with it," explained Seaborn, "I stayed up and watched the weather. The wind picked up and I hollered for my wife. We went and got in the hall, and I got on top of her."

"I didn't want anything to happen to her. 45 years, you've got to keep a good one. Didn't want anything to happen to her," explained Seaborn, wiping tears away from his eyes.

The town of Coble has been hit by tornadoes in recent years and was also hit by the flood of May 2010.

Hickman County Sheriff, Randal Ward, told Nashville's News 2 many residents were just now finally getting back on their feet after those storms.

Ward described the scene in Coble like a bomb had gone off.

Bob Aldrich surveyed the damage at the two homes he owns, which are next to each other.

"The damage is horrendous," said Aldrich, "It has completely changed the landscape. When I look across the field, all I see are tree stumps they're broken off."

Aldrich's two homes were mostly spared, although his barn is totaled.

"I just about balled at that point. I couldn't take all that devastation," said Aldrich, describing what it was like to see all the damage, "It's pretty rough when it hits you in your own backyard."

"Everybody's thankful that nobody got killed or hurt and that's the main thing," said Estes, "You'd hate to look down and see where your neighbor used to live."

Crews continued to clear debris and restore power.

Ward estimated it would be at least a few more days until power is back to the Coble community.

Wednesday's tornado was spawned by a severe line of storms that moved across Middle Tennessee during the early morning hours.

An EF2 tornado also hit Mt. Juliet in Wilson County and in Nashville, a 47-year-old man was killed after a tree fell onto his trailer.

At least five other EF0 tornadoes have also been confirmed.

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