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2 weeks, 2 twisters: NWS confirms county struck again Monday

Thursday, October 4, 2012

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Tree limbs, an umbrella and a portable basketball goal were downed by Monday's tornado at this home on Megan Circle in northwest Shelbyville.
(T-G photo by David Melson)
Quiet autumn? Not this year.

The National Weather Service confirmed Wednesday a small tornado did touch the ground in Shelbyville early Monday afternoon.

"Surveys by Bedford County Emergency Management (Agency) ... reports from the Shelbyville Times-Gazette ... and radar analysis indicate an EF-0 tornado briefly touched down across western Shelbyville," a "local storm report" on the NWS-Nashville website says.

The time is listed as 1:25 p.m.

Damage cited

"Several trees were blown down along a 1-mile intermittent path from Parker Road across Rabbit Branch Road to Dow Drive," the report says. "One outbuilding was also destroyed on Dow Drive. Max winds were 65 mph."

An EF-0 rating on the Enhanced Fujita Scale indicates wind speeds from 65-85 mph and only light damage to trees and outbuildings, with little if any structural damage.

One Parker Road resident told police they saw a tornado and two people on Dow Drive mentioned swirling winds.

A caller to the T-G on Wednesday informed of damage to two homes on Horseshoe Drive; the T-G talked to Shelbyville Power personnel repairing damage at that site Monday and noted gutter damage at one home from a falling tree.

Busy autumn

A tornado watch had been issued five minutes earlier but no warning was in effect for Bedford County.

Small tornadoes were also reported in Wilson and Smith counties approximately four hours later.

The tornado is the second confirmed in Bedford County within two weeks.

A small twister was on the ground briefly on the afternoon of Sept. 17 near the U.S. 41A South-Normandy Road intersection, the NWS determined after sending a survey team.


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