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National Weather Service Surveys Storm Damage

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FAIRVIEW, Tenn. - Figuring out whether strong winds or a tornado ripped through a region can be difficult.

Once the weather calms, the National Weather Service will survey the damage to determine what type of storm system moved through the area.

Weather service meteorologists will do a lot of walking, talking and picture taking to assess an area.

A tornado up to 200 yards wide ripped through Fairview Tuesday night.

"Right now, I see a lot of tree damage," said meteorologist James LaRosa.

In his preliminary findings, he said, the storm was probably an F2 tornado.

"The church is completely destroyed. You can see steps that are remaining. That's what we want to document," he said.

During their surveys, meteorologists will interview residents "because they are the ones that went through it."

A tornado is classified as significant if it does F2 or greater damage.  Any tornado can kill or cause damage.

It's believed the twister that blew through Williamson County packed winds up to 130 miles an hour.

It will take the National Weather Service a few days to survey each county that was hit by Tuesday's powerful storms.

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