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NWS Confirms 3 Tornadoes In Northern TN, Southern KY

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Storm damage from the City of Portland, Tennessee. Storm damage from the City of Portland, Tennessee.
Storm damage from Muhlenberg, County, Kentucky. Storm damage from Muhlenberg, County, Kentucky.

SUMNER COUNTY, Tenn. - The National Weather Service confirmed that three tornadoes touched down in the northern part of Tennessee and southern Kentucky on Sunday.

In Orlinda, an EF-1, with winds as high as 90 miles-per hour, caused roof damage to homes and blew out windows across a one-mile span on Sunday night.

The NWS said the same storm spawned an EF-0 tornado-- with maximum winds around 70 miles per hour-- that ripped the roof off of a fire station in Portland. A nearby church also suffered minor damage.

The fire chief said it wasn't raining, and the wind was not blowing when they heard a loud noise and the roof was lifted away.

"Most of the roof is actually on the street behind us wrapped around the duplex and automobiles directly behind the fire home," Al West with the Portland Fire Department said.

He said the building was saved from water damage because a company put a new roof on top of the old roof about 15 years ago. The new roof was what was pulled off, while the old roof stayed in place.

A woman whose apartment complex was damaged by the roof said she was home with her two young children when she heard windows shattering, and then later realized part of the roof had gone through her window and her neighbor's window.

"It sounded like a bunch of thunder and then when I turned around it just went boom, and our whole window just went shhh, like that," said Danielle Ashworth.

The fire fighters who were inside the station were watching the storm and there was no warning at all when the roof lifted off the building. The fire chief said they've always had a plan in case of a tornado.

Additionally, trees were ripped from the ground and thrown, damaging buildings and cars around the area.

Residents in the area said the storm came in fast, and then quickly disappeared.

There were no reports of injuries.

In southern Kentucky, the NWS said an EF-1 tornado touched down near two mobile homes on Greens Chapel Road in Muhlenburg County just before 4 p.m. Sunday. It tore off parts of the roof of both homes, and toppled trees.

It then moved down the road, and blew a garage door of a home. The 100 mile-per-hour winds blew out the side walls, including part of the cinder block foundation. It snapped or uprooted several trees around the home, and patio furniture was scattered up to 100 yards away.

The tornado moved over an open pasture before it tore up the roof and walls of a metal outbuilding. It also took off the patio roof of a home, blowing it 100 yards northeast. 

It continued 200 yards east of Highway 189, where it snapped several tree trunks before lifting.

Local resident Jonell Rolley did not lose power, but said the winds were fierce.

"I'm telling you, everything hit this house, the wind was horrible," said Rolley. "It was like a train sound, just roaring and roaring."

Many counties were under severe thunderstorm and tornado warnings throughout the evening.

The severe weather was part of a large storm system that moved across the Midwest early Sunday morning, spawning tornadoes and causing damage. Western Illinois was one of the hardest hit areas where six people were killed.

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