(WKRN) — Two more tornadoes have been confirmed in Middle Tennessee, both of which came from the same storm early Saturday morning.
This tornado started 4 miles WNW of Chapel Hill at 1:16 AM. The National Weather Service provided the following update:
“This EF-1 tornado touched down 4 miles northwest of Chapel Hill near Moss Road in northern Marshall County. Moving northeast, the tornado blew down severe trees and caused minor to moderate damage to homes on Thick Road, Egypt Road, Smiley Road, and Blackwell Road. The tornado intensified as it continued northeast, blowing 5 train cars off a track along Highway 31a and heavily damaging homes on Beasley Road and TN Central Road. The tornado clipped the extreme northwest edge of Bedford County where an outbuilding was heavily damaged, then moved into Rutherford County where several trees were blown down on Highway 41a. More trees were knocked down and a few homes were damaged along Bunker Hill Road and Hant Hollow Road before the tornado lifted south of Versailles Road.”
This tornado started at 1:41 AM. The National Weather Service provided the following update on Monday, April 3:
“This strong EF-2 tornado touched down 6 miles south of downtown Murfreesboro near County Farm Road, then moved northeast along Elam Road where several trees and fences were blown down and a few homes suffered minor damage. Trees continued to be blown down as the tornado crossed Lyle Creek Road, Bradyville Pike, Floraton Road and McElory Road. The tornado strengthened to EF-1 as it crossed Highway 70 west of Old Woodbury Pike, significantly damaging one home and several nearby outbuildings. Intensifying even further to a strong EF-2, the tornado moved into the Readyville community on Murfreesboro Road at the Rutherford/Cannon County line, heavily damaging or destroying numerous homes and businesses. Several historic properties dating to the early 1800s, such as the Readyville Mill and the Corners On Stones River, were also heavily damaged. The tornado weakened as it continued northeast but still blew down numerous trees and caused minor damage to homes on Porterfield Road and Locke Creek Road before lifting.”
According to Rutherford County officials, the tornado response in Readyville resumed at 7 a.m. on Sunday, drawing crews from Rutherford County Emergency Management Agency, Rutherford County Emergency Medical Services, Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office, Rutherford County Fire and Rescue, Cannon County Sheriff’s Office, Cannon County Volunteer Fire, Cannon County Emergency Management Agency, and DTC Communications.
Meanwhile, Rutherford County Mayor Joe Carr, Cannon County Mayor Greg Mitchell, Rutherford County EMA Director Chris Clark, Rutherford County Solid Waste Director Bishop Wagener, Cannon County EMA Director Roy Sullivan, Rutherford County Highway Director Greg Brooks, and Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) officials reportedly met to discuss debris removal as they work to bring a sense of normalcy back to the community.
Churches and vendors provided 300 lunches and 140 dinners for the nearly 800 volunteers who helped with recovery efforts, officials said.
In addition, Andy Garmezy with National Crisis Response Canines brought an AKC Golden Retriever named Cooper to comfort the residents, volunteers, and first responders at the site.
“We appreciate the volunteers for their continued support and patience as we work through this and continue to rebuild this community,” said Austin Watson, the incident commander.
Rutherford County EMA shared a reminder for all volunteers reporting to work on Monday, April 3, urging them to be aware of their surroundings and avoid heavy metal as debris collection begins in the morning. In addition, all volunteers need to check in each day to receive their wristbands and assignments.
If you would like to donate money or goods toward the victims of these Middle Tennessee tornados, reach out to the American Red Cross.
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