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NWS confirms tornadoes hit Rutherford, Simpson counties

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The National Weather Service confirmed Wednesday that two tornadoes hit the region on Tuesday.

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An EF-0 tornado struck an area of Rutherford County Tuesday afternoon, packing winds of 80-85 mph.

The tornado's path began 4 miles northeast of Smyrna on Lamar Road at the Lamar Hill Access area near Percy Priest Lake.  

The tornado was 125 yards wide and on the ground for 1.69 miles, said the NWS.  A home in that area was damaged, but no one was injured.

The town of Lascassas, TN, was hit hard with downed trees, a flipped camper and other property damage.

Southern Kentucky damage

NWS survey workers also confirmed a tornado hit Simpson County, KY.

Officials say 12 homes and some barns sustained damage within a four-mile area near Franklin and Hwy. 100 in southern Kentucky.

One couple returned from appointments in Nashville to find that their roof was missing and several trees were down near their home.

The storms were associated with a strong cold front that brought much cooler temperatures into the area late Tuesday and early Wednesday.

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