In a gym filled with basketball championship banners, Mother Nature made a slam dunk Thursday night at Jackson County High School in Gainesboro, north of Cookeville.
Straight line winds blew through the Home of the Blue Devils around 10 p.m., leaving behind debris and destruction that was visible even in the dark.
"I had no way to imagine it. When I saw, as I approached the school, it was just shocking," said Principal Chuck Breidert. "[It's] just really disturbing to see your building destroyed to this extent."
When the sun came up Friday, faculty and staff got a better look at the damage.
The roof proved no match for the storm, as the wind peeled back metal and scattered Styrofoam insulation.
"It's about a year old. We put this on about a year ago," Director of Schools Joe Barlow said of the rooftop.
Heating units, replaced less than six years ago, were tossed like basketballs.
"We have three big heating and cooling units that they were just pulled out of ceiling," Barlow said.
When the units' intake system plummeted to the gym floor, rainwater dribbled on the four-year-old hardwood.