NWS confirms tornados hit Wilson, Smith counties - WSMV Channel 4


NWS confirms tornados hit Wilson, Smith counties

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Damage following EF0 tornado in Wilson Co. (Photo from NWS) Damage following EF0 tornado in Wilson Co. (Photo from NWS)

The National Weather Service confirmed that two EF0 tornados struck rural areas of Wilson and Smith counties on Monday afternoon.

The tornado that hit Wilson County packed winds estimated at 85 mph, had a 50-yard width and impacted the community of Statesville. A National Weather Service survey reported a mobile home pushed off its foundation and several trees blown down in the area.

The twister that affected Smith County hit the community of Grant at speeds of 75 mph.

Monday's storms brought heavy rains that flooded some Lebanon streets and caused creek banks to overflow.

The Timberline Campground was flooded, leaving some trailers waist-deep in water, as what is normally a drainage ditch along Highway 231 turned into a river.

Some campers had to have their trailers towed from the banks of what is normally a dry creek, while others hurried home to find their trailers partially submerged. A few campers were upset campground owners didn't call them to let them know the water was getting so high.

While many of the roads across Lebanon were beginning to dry by sundown, that wasn't the case at the campground.

Earlier in the day, the National Weather Service allowed several tornado warnings to expire as the storms moved across Middle Tennessee.

Officials are investigating reports of a possible tornado touchdown on SP McClanahan Road, near the Grant community south of Carthage in Smith County. Witnesses there reported several trees were down in the area, but no injuries or structural damage have been reported.

The storms were part of a slow-moving weather system that is expected to produce more rain Tuesday, but no severe weather is expected in Middle Tennessee.

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