A Robertson County woman getting out of bed to find a candle when the lights went out suffered severe injuries when a tornado sent a tree slicing into her mobile home early Wednesday.
It left 26-year-old Rebecca Roberts pinned by debris and branches for almost an hour while her anxious family could only wait for rescue crews to cut their way through roads clogged with other fallen trees.
"She's at Vanderbilt with two broken legs, a fractured rib and lacerations, but she's been talking," the woman's fiance, Michael McGregor, told Nashville's News 2.
McGregor was just inches away with the couple's two children when "things exploded" at their home on Baggett Road about ten miles east of Springfield.
He told Nashville's News 2 that he and the kids "didn't get a scratch," even though their daughter was initially pinned by the debris.
"I just stayed with my fiance trying to keep her responsive, while trying to keep the kids calm before rescue crews got her," McGregor said outside his destroyed home Wednesday morning.
He told Nashville's News 2 she had to be taken out of a bedroom window because the other two entrances to their home were crushed by the tree.
Robertson County Emergency Management Director R. L. Douglas told Nashville's News 2 that he estimated "around 100 homes had some kind of damage in the area."
Much of the damage was along Gum Station Road just off Highway 76 where blue tarps covering roofs blown away was a familiar site after the tornado tore through in the early morning darkness.
"It started shooting insulation throughout the entire house, water was pouring in and I knew at least part of the roof was gone," said Nick Burnett who was in bed just a few feet from where the winds shredded his parent's home along nearby Bethlehem Road.
Also in Robertson County, high winds blew the roof off Douglas Market on Highway 257 and Highway 431 near Springfield.
The popular convenience store and gas station was closed at the time and no one was inured.
National Weather Service forecasters confirmed late Wednesday afternoon the damage was caused by an EF0 tornado and later upgraded the storm to an EF1.
The twister touched down roughly three miles southeast of Cross Plains.
Tornadoes also occurred early Wednesday morning in Wilson, Hickman, Sumner, Dickson and Cheatham counties.