The National Weather Service confirmed the number of tornadoes in Middle Tennessee on Jan. 30 is now 20, which makes it the largest January tornado outbreak in Middle Tennessee history and tied for the second-biggest outbreak of tornadoes for any month in Middle Tennessee history.
Nineteen of the tornadoes were surveyed by the NWS office in Nashville, and one tornado in Lincoln County was surveyed by the NWS office in Hunstville, AL.
Twenty tornadoes confirmed in Middle Tennessee
Tornado 1: An EF2 in Mt. Juliet in Wilson County near the intersection of Mount Juliet Road and Lebanon Road.
Tornado 2: An EF0 from south of White Bluff in southeast Dickson County to Kingston Springs in southern Cheatham County.
Tornado 3: An EF2 has been confirmed in Hickman County near the Coble Community.
Tornado 4: An EF0 from Shute Lane in southwest Gallatin in Sumner County through Fairview Plantation, to Bay Point to Bledsoe Creek State Park.
Tornado 5: An EF0 has been confirmed in Sumner County, between Millersville and Gallatin.
Tornado 6: An EF0 has been confirmed in Sumner County, from HWY 25 and Harsh Lane to the Sumner County RC Fliers area.
Tornado 7: An EF1 has been confirmed in eastern Robertson County near Highway 76 between Springfield and White House including the Pinson School Rd area to Bethlehem Rd and Baggett Rd. This tornado continued into western Sumner County.
Tornado 8: An EF1 has been confirmed in north-central Wilson County from along Mann Rd. to southern Trousdale County near Highway 141.
Tornado 9: An EF0 has been confirmed in southwest Macon County about 7 miles southwest of Lafayette.
Tornado 10: An EF0 has been confirmed in northeast Macon County about 7 miles northeast of Lafayette.
Tornado 11: An EF0 has been confirmed in Cheatham County in Ashland City.
Tornado 12: An EF1 has been confirmed in Rutherford County near Eagleville.
Tornado 13: An EF0 has been confirmed in Williamson County in Franklin.
Tornado 14: An EF0 has been confirmed in Coffee County near Manchester.
Tornado 15: An EF0 tornado was confirmed in Davidson County near Dickerson Pike.
Tornado 16: An EF0 tornado was confirmed near the Sumner-Trousdale County line.
Tornado 17: An EF0 tornado was confirmed in Cannon County.
Tornado 18: An EF1 tornado was confirmed in Humphreys County.
Tornado 19: An EF1 tornado was confirmed in Wayne County.
Tornado 20: An EF1 tornado was confirmed in Lincoln County from just southeast of Dellrose to six miles west of Fayetteville.
State officials declared a state of emergency due to the storm. Emergency officials are responding to requests from local governments for emergency resources, such as tarps or debris clearance.
Nashville man killed
A man was killed in Nashville when a tree fell on a shed early Wednesday morning.
The victim, identified as Vernon Hartsell, 47, was killed around 3:30 a.m. on Abernathy Road in the Bordeaux area of Davidson County. Authorities said Hartsell was inside a shed when a tree fell on the building.
Friends and family said Hartsell had been living in the shed for about the past month - a place where he had chosen to live.
But when the storms started to move in overnight, relative Darrell Lockridge tried to get him stay inside the house.
"He was like, 'I'm going to be all right. I'm going to wrap up in my sleeping bag and I am going to call it a night,'" Lockridge said.
The storm was so powerful it ripped a large tree right from its roots and sent it crashing down to where Hartsell was sleeping.
Emergency crews worked for hours to reach Hartsell's body. They used several chainsaws and even a large crane.
Now, his friends are working to come to terms with the loss of a man they remember for his kind heart.
"How can that tree fall on that shed with him laying right there? It just can't happen, but it did. We have to deal with it. It's what you got family and friends for," said friend Harold Day.
Storm Damage Reports
Wilson County: The National Weather Service confirmed that an EF2 tornado packing winds of 115 mph hit Mt. Juliet.
The second and third floors of the Lineberry office building collapsed in on Lebanon Road. 2346
"I built it myself to take an event like this. And it looks like a freight train hit it. It's just destroyed. It laid the building down on top of cars, it put the building on top of people it's unbelievable," said the building's owner Dewey Lineberry.
Workers were inside the building when the storm hit, but took cover under mattresses, which protected them from falling debris.
Many businesses along Lebanon Road between Nonaville Road and Benders Ferry Road are closed due to damage, said police.
A semi also flipped on its side in Mt. Juliet, but the driver was not hurt.
Sumner County: NWS storm damage survey team confirmed that an EF0 tornado hit the Fairview Plantation area in southwest Gallatin up to the Highway 109 intersection. Most of the damage was a result of trees being uprooted and twisted. A second EF0 has been confirmed east of Gallatin, and a third EF0 has been confirmed between Millersville and Gallatin. A gasline broke at Highland Academy in Portland, TN, forcing students to evacuate, according to Sumner County EMS. Also, there are reports of a roof blown off a building and other debris blocking Homer Scott Road in Castalian Springs. An EF0 has been confirmed in Robertson and Sumner counties, roughly three miles southeast of Cross Plains.
Cheatham County: An EF0 hit from south of White Bluff in southeast Dickson county to Kingston Springs in southern Cheatham County, near the Craggy Hope Road area. Authorities said Highway 49 and 41-A were covered in debris and several trees are down. A tree is also down on I-40 West at the Kingston Springs exit.
Robertson County: EMA director said that 75-100 homes were severely damaged. Three homes had trees got through them. Most of the damage is in the eastern part of the county. One woman was hurt when a tree fell through her home. Some of the hardest hit homes are in the Highway 76/Gum Station Road area. A BP station on Tom Austin Highway was also damaged. An EF0 has been confirmed in Robertson and Sumner counties, roughly three miles southeast of Cross Plains.
Rutherford County: About 177 homes and Riverdale High School remained without power. Utility crews are currently working to remove a utility pole that snapped following high winds. Since the repair is expected to take hours, school officials canceled school at Riverdale. A total of 3,000 homes scattered across the city were without power briefly Wednesday morning - all but 177 homes along Warrior Drive are back on. NWS storm survey crews will assess damage south of Murfreesboro on Thursday.
Hickman County: An EF2 has been confirmed in the Coble community on Highway 438 and Nickel Valley Road. Major storm damage reports and debris, as well as multiple homes damaged.
Williamson County: Structural damage caused by wind and falling trees was reported at 11 locations in Franklin, including homes and businesses, said local police. 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.
Dickson County: The NWS also confirmed an EFO tornado struck southern Dickson and Cheatham counties. A team survey team has confirmed that structural damage to a house just south of Dickson.
Lewis County: Trees and power lines are down across the county. An older barn was blown down on Highway 20.
Maury County: There was a report of a door blown off at the Maury County Regional Hospital, but there is no structural damage. Some damage was also reported at Columbia State Community College.
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