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NWS confirms 2 tornados touched down in Middle Tennessee

Posted: Updated: March 18, 2013 10:08 PM
Christiana, TN Christiana, TN
Christiana, TN Christiana, TN

The National Weather Service confirmed late Monday afternoon two tornados touched down in Vanleer and Christiana earlier in the day.

Survey crews classified the tornado in Vanleer as an EF-1. It traveled from eastern Houston County into northwestern Dickson County.

The twisting winds destroyed a rental mobile home, owned by Robert Rogers. He told Nashville's News 2 his tenants moved out one month ago.

"Pretty much the whole back wall came down and was under this section of roof," he said. "We got lucky and it didn't hit the house that I live in or any my other barns on the property either."

A neighboring home also sustained significant roof damage, as well as several barns.

The tornado in Christiana was classified as an EF-0 and hit the southeastern part of Rutherford County near Plainview, Sledge, and Hoovers Gap Roads.

An estimated 100 trees were toppled and several structures were damaged as it crossed Interstate 24.

At least three homes within a one mile radius had roof damage, with shingles peeled back or ripped off.

A Plainview Road property appeared to have suffered the most damage in the immediate area. A barn was flattened, siding was peeled, and a portion of the roof was gaped open.

A beam, believed to be from a covered porch, pierced the roof and jutted into a bathroom.

High winds also crumpled a metal roof on a barn at an adjacent property.

A half mile down the road, another barn was ripped apart. Nearly half the roof was gone, as well as a back wall. The damage exposed an estimated 150 rolls of hay to the open air and rain.

Roger Spooner told Nashville's News 2 he had farmed hay on the property for more than five years. His insurance was canceled by his carrier on March 9.

"We'll try to get hay out from under the barn and try to keep what we can of it," he said. "Hay season is about over. We'll salvage it best we can. That's all we can do."

Despite the damage, no serious injuries were reported.

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