EF-2 tornado confirmed Thursday in Wayne County

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WAYNE COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) — The National Weather Service confirms that an EF-2 tornado did touch down in Waynesboro on Thursday night.

The storm touched down and tracked into Lewis County with winds of at least 130 miles per hour. It had a path length of 22.3 miles and was about 350 yards wide. One person was injured in the storm.

The tornado touched down around 7:30 p.m. around 3 miles east northeast of Waynesboro and ended just before 8 p.m. about 4.5 miles northwest of Summertown.

Surveyors said the tornado touched down just northeast of the city of Waynesboro, and increased in intensity rapidly. A few trees and outbuildings were destroyed before the storm moved into several neighborhoods and took the roof off several homes.

The tornado stayed on the ground for over 20 miles moving across the heavily wooded terrain of northeast Wayne County, extreme northwestern Lawrence County, and extreme southern Lewis County. Hundreds of trees were uprooted in northeast Wayne County. A total of five high power TVA electrical steel poles were bent causing widespread power outages in Wayne County.

The tornado finally weakened to EF-0 as it crossed into Lawrence and Lewis Counties before completely dissipating just southwest of Mt. Pleasant.

East Nashville had straight-line winds of 85 miles per hour, as well as Portland and Sumner County. NWS is continuing to survey the damage from the storm that tracked from Smyrna to Gladeville.

This is a developing story. Stay with News 2 and WKRN.com for updates.

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