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20 Tornadoes Confirmed Across Middle Tenn., Southern Ky.

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Tree on top of home on 12th Avenue South. Tree on top of home on 12th Avenue South.
Roof of BP on Tom Austin Highway at Mt. Zion Road blown off during storms. Roof of BP on Tom Austin Highway at Mt. Zion Road blown off during storms.
Coble in Hickman County Coble in Hickman County
Coble in Hickman County Coble in Hickman County

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Officials with the National Weather Service said 20 tornadoes touched down across the mid-state early Wednesday morning.

Eighteen of the tornadoes were in Middle Tennessee, while two others were in Christian County, Kentucky.

As of Tuesday, damage survey teams confirmed the tornadoes, that ranged anywhere from EF-0 to EF-2. The two EF-2 tornadoes struck Hickman County and Wilson County.

The National Weather Service said that the January 30, 2013 outbreak was the largest January tornado outbreak in Middle Tennessee history, eclipsing the previous record of 12 tornadoes that occurred on January 24, 1997. If 20 tornadoes are confirmed in Tennessee, it would make January 30, 2013 the second biggest outbreak of tornadoes for any month in Middle Tennessee history.

To see the full list of tornadoes from the NWS, go to January 30, 2013 Tornado Outbreak

SLIDESHOW: Severe Weather Damage

A state of emergency was in effect for the state of Tennessee following the storms. The state is responding to requests from local governments for emergency resources, such as tarps or debris clearance.

A man was killed when a tree fell onto a shed on Abernathy Road in the Bordeaux area overnight. The family told NewsChannel 5 that the man lived in the shed.

Downed trees and limbs as well as power lines and debris were widespread across Davidson County on Wednesday morning. Hillsboro Pike was closed just past Green Hills Mall due a tree down on a power line in the roadway. Murfreesboro Road at Fesslers Lane had wires down in the roadway.

A family, including a mom and her children was trapped inside their mobile home for some time after a tree fell on top of it in the Ranchwood Mobile Home Park on Dickerson Road. They reported minor injuries. Other homes in the area reported damage as well.  The Red Cross responded to help the residents.

A tree also toppled on top of a home on 12th Avenue South. A couple inside was able to get out safely.

Sky 5 HD discovered the sign for America's Best Value Inn on Brick Church Pike was knocked down on top of a truck hauling a Uhaul trailer during the storms.

Ravenwood High School in Williamson County had its roof partially ripped off; however, school is still in session. Students were being held in the cafeteria.

In Robertson County, the roof of a BP station on Tom Austin Highway at Mt. Zion Road near Springfield was ripped off during the storms.

The owner told NewsChannel 5 he was inside, heard a noise, and then he got thrown against the wall. He then felt the rain falling inside the building.

Other homes along Highway 431 were damaged and trees were reported down. 

In Hendersonville, strong winds blew part of the roof off a home on New Hope Road. The homeowner said he was woken up by the storms, and got his wife out of bed. The winds also took down a large tree, demolished a barn, and destroyed a neighbor's garage.

In Rutherford County, several trees fell in the Eagleville area. A horse farm also reported serious damage.

In Franklin, 11 homes and businesses reported damage from the winds and falling trees. Downed power lines and trees also blocked some roadways.

The Red Cross is providing a mother and three children who live in the 100 block of Acton Street with temporary housing after their home was damaged during the storm. The hardest hit areas appear to have been in or near Downtown. No injuries were reported.

In Hickman County, at least one person was injured and about 10 to 15 homes were damaged  along Briarpond Road in Coble. Tennessee Department of Transportation crews were in the area cleaning up debris along with inmates.

At the height of the storms, NES reported 21,175 customers without power.

MTEMC said approximately 20,000 were without power earlier when the storms first hit.

At the height of the storms, more than 4,000 Meriwether Lewis Electric Cooperative customers were without power.

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