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Strong winds sweep city

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

This outbuilding at a Dow Drive home was overturned by high winds Monday.
(T-G Photo by David Melson) [Order this photo]
Strong winds -- reported as a tornado by at least one person -- left a trail of minor damage in their wake as they swept across portions of western and northwestern Shelbyville early Monday afternoon.

Drivers braved torrential rains and high winds during Monday afternoon storms.
(T-G photo by Brian Mosely)
The damage, mostly downed tree limbs, was reported from Fairway Green Drive through Parker and Rabbit Branch roads, where one area of damage was concentrated, and a second area approximately a mile away in the Dow Drive area and surrounding streets.

'On the ground!'

A caller told Shelbyville police at approximately 1:30 p.m. a tornado was on the ground on Parker Road. Arriving officers said several trees were downed but no structural damage to homes was evident.

A tornado watch had just been issued for portions of southern Middle Tennessee, but no warning was issued for Bedford County.

"The trees were twisting in the wind," said Robert Butler of Dow Drive as he picked up small limbs in his yard. "It was unusual."

Ann Peak, who lives approximately two blocks from Butler on Dow Drive, also said the trees were "twisting."

One small metal outbuilding at a Dow Drive home was blown off its foundation and overturned, leaving the contents exposed to the elements.

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