Friday, April 3, 2009

Tornado confirmed near airport, Clean-up ongoing

WKRN Channel 2 News NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Clean-up is continuing Friday from Thursday's storms that ripped apart signs, damaged businesses and totaled cars. The National Weather Service on Friday morning reviewed storm damage along Murfreesboro Road in south Nashville, not far from Briley Parkway, and concluded an EF1 tornado touched down around 4 p.m. The tornado ripped apart a McDonald's sign, scattered tires across the parking lot at the Bridgestone Firestone tire center across the street and tore down a brick wall. Bricks from the building fell onto a brand new truck. The tornado's wrath snapped several utility poles, knocking at power to area businesses. Wayne Phillips was working at the McDonald's drive-through window when the storm hit. "I was praying to God, when it came down here I was like, ‘Oh no, it's coming right this way.' I thought the whole building was about to be gone," he said. "I couldn't believe it and I was like, ‘This is not happening... This is Murfreesboro Road, it's never happened here.'" Dean Hunter was inside a nearby liquor store. "It sounded like a train coming," he told News 2. "It was just scary. Once I grabbed the door and held on it. It still kept trying to pull it open." Choz Cunningham was working at the Advance Auto Parts. "It just continued for a little bit longer and then it started to ease off. Once it eased off we could see the missing walls and cars were smashed, windows smashed in the cars... Must have been like a minute, minute-and-a-half," he recalled. Crews responded within minutes and spent most of the overnight removing debris and restoring power to affected customers. There were no reported injuries in Davidson County.

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