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Sumner Co. Slammed By 5 Confirmed Tornadoes

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By Adam Ghassemi

HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. – It took Larry Smith months to build his home of thirty years, but only a few seconds for it to be torn apart.

"It just went boom and it was gone," Smith said. "I told my wife let's go to the basement, but before we could even get out of the bed it took the roof off."

Smith's home is one of a handful on Sandy Valley Road that got hit when a confirmed EF0 came raging through his neighborhood.

The National Weather Service in Nashville confirmed eight tornadoes struck Middle Tennessee early Wednesday morning. Five of those were in Sumner County.

Forecasters say another EF0 hit the Fairview Plantation area of Gallatin toppling a nearby marina and knocking out power as many people were rushing to safe places inside their homes.

"I heard what I thought was a tornado siren. Then I found out that we don't have tornado sirens. It was just a really, really loud whistle," said resident Chris Smith who lost a boat dock.

In Cottontown, another confirmed EF0 swept across from neighboring Robertson County and left a family farm in shreds.

Jeff Petitt had just gotten his wife and kids to safety in their home's basement.

"I woke everybody up and went down to the basement and literally, maybe two, three minutes after that we heard all the roaring and crashing and stuff upstairs," Petitt said while clearing large limbs on his property.

"The trees have been here through about 48 or 50 years so they've seen a lot. This was something pretty good to take them out like this," he said.

NWS crews also confirmed EF0s touched down at Bledsoe Creek Camping State Park as well as at Harsh Lane and Highway 25, both east of Gallatin.

Crews are still assessing damage. The number of confirmed tornadoes could rise into Thursday.


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