2 EF-1 Tornadoes, Damage Reported In Middle Tennessee

Posted at 3:58 PM, Nov 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-19 20:36:16-05

A Storm 5 Alert was issued for Saturday as a cold front moved into the region, and as it moved through, multiple tornado warnings were issued, including in Davidson and Wilson counties.

Officials with the National Weather Service confirmed on Sunday EF-1 tornadoes hit in both the Joelton area of Davidson County and the Gladeville area of Wilson County. 

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The first Tornado Warning was issued before 4 p.m. Saturday for central Houston and northeastern Humphreys counties.

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Not long after, a Tornado Warning was issued for Davidson, Rutherford, and Wilson counties until 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

Reports stated a tornado was indicated by radar to be in the area of Percy Priest Lake in southeastern Davidson County.

On Sunday, it was confirmed an EF-1 tornado touched down. It moved through part of Wilson County where it was in the Gladeville area just after 5 p.m. The tornado had winds at an estimated speed of 100 miles per hour.

Officials with the Wilson County EMA said three commercial buildings in downtown Gladeville had minor damage. Three homes also had minor damage, and several roads were temporarily blocked by trees and power lines.

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The Glade Church in Gladeville also received substantial damage. No injuries were reported at the church, but part of the steeple was left sticking through the ceiling in the sanctuary, and bricks were ripped from the outside. Those with the church said they would not be holding services on Sunday. Instead, they will be finishing cleanup.

They were still assessing any possible further damage in the Gladeville area, but no injuries were reported.

A third Tornado Warning was issued for Smith, Macon, and Trousdale counties till 5:30 p.m.

Sheriff Ray Russell said no injuries were reported in Trousdale County; however, there were multiple reports of trees and power lines that were down. Damage was considered to be widespread and power was out county-wide for a while. Damage reports included barns, sheds, and houses, but nothing was deemed major.

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On Sunday, officials in Trousdale County confirmed most of the damage was seen on Crenshaw Road, where trees and fences were down; Sleepy Hollow Lane, where a roof was damaged and trees were down; and Bridle Path Lane, where a roof was damaged and siding was blown off a home.

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Just before 5:30 p.m., all tornado warnings were canceled as the storms weakened in those areas.

Multiple damage reports from across Middle Tennessee and South Central Kentucky came into our newsroom, including a damaged barn in Christian County, Kentucky and a roof reportedly blown off of a home on Gary Road in Joelton.

At least two homes had major damage in the Joelton area where an EF-1 tornado was confirmed. Trees were down all over the area, damaging homes, vehicles, barns, and power lines.

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A Severe Thunderstorm Watch was in effect until 7 p.m. Saturday with a Wind Advisory in place until midnight.

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