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Severe storm leaves a path of destruction in Eagleville

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The fierce storm left behind a path of destruction near Eagleville. Large trees were uprooted, barns were destroyed and some prized thoroughbreds got quite a scare.

Reed Hill Farm owner Harry Reed, his wife and 18- and 8-year-old sons didn't waste any time taking cover.

"It got real bad and we got into our closets, and we heard stuff hitting outside," Reed said. "The house actually felt like it was going to lift off its foundation."

The mean storm took no mercy on his 240-acre farm.

"It tore the 2-by-4s, pulled them plum loose from the rafters and twisted metals back on the barn," Reed said.

The roof of his hay and horse barn was peeled off like the top of sardine can and flung all over his property. His house was also damaged; there's no doubt in his mind what did it.

"I feel certain it was a tornado," he said.

Reed said he's the largest colored thoroughbred breeder in the world, but 17 of his horses used for racing and for show were no competition for the storm; they are still rattled.

"They are just now settling down, but he hasn't," Reed said while comforting on the horses.

A few miles away on Elm Street, Art Johnson came to check on his daughter's home. A huge tree crashed through the roof. He's thankful they moved out a few months ago because his three grandsons would have been asleep in the front bedroom.

"I can see the roof and ceiling is on the floor right where there would have been a set of bunk beds," Johnson said as he looked into the bedroom window.

Eagleville fire officials believe some 25-plus homes and structures suffered some type of damage in the path of destruction that stretched nearly five miles.

As bad as the damage was, the good news is no one was injured.

Eagleville Mayor Sam Tune has suffered damage to his farm on Allisona Road.

The National Weather Service is expected to send a field representative to take a tour of Eagleville Thursday to determine if the damage was caused by a tornado or straight line winds.

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