TULLAHOMA, Tenn. (WKRN) – The National Weather Service confirms that an EF-1 tornado hit Tullahoma Tuesday night.
The tornado was visually spotted on Highway 55 by a trained spotter just before 9:15 p.m.
According to the National Weather Service, winds reached as high as 105 mph. Many trees are reported down throughout the town and a few dozen homes were damaged by fallen trees.
Country Club Drive in the Lakewood Country Club experienced some of the worst damage.
Homeowner Vollie Stone told WAVY sister station WKRN News 2 the sound he heard when the storm moved through was unmistakable.
“While I was on the phone on my back porch, I heard it,” he said. “I said, ‘holy moly!’ You could plainly hear the whooshing, roaring sound. The power went off and I headed for the basement.”
Stone said when the worst was over he called his parents who live nearby. He said they had so many trees down they could not get out of their home. They’re now cleaning up with chainsaws. He went on to say he was thankful his parents were not hurt.
Parts of the city were also without power for several hours Tuesday night.
Giles County also experienced strong storms Tuesday night. Limbs were down in the area, but nothing like what residents in Tullahoma experienced.
School was canceled for Wednesday in the Tullahoma City Schools district. Coffee County schools are open on Wednesday. Grundy County schools are also closed.