The National Weather Service Friday morning confirmed a tornado touched down during a rapidly moving thunderstorm Thursday evening in Franklin.
The initial assessment indicates an EF-0 twister, with wind speeds 65 to 85 miles-per-hour, hit the area around 7 p.m.
The storm forced the evacuation of the baseball fields at Jim Warren Park and left a trail of damage across the county.
Winds toppled over two vehicles at the park on Boyd Mill Avenue off Highway 96 and damaged several others.
A scoreboard and a high mount light were also damaged in the storm.
Jolyn Underwood and her seven-year-old daughter were inside one of the vehicles that overturned.
In an interview Friday, Underwood said she saw the scoreboard fall and thought, “What if it really is a tornado?” The next thing she knew her Jeep was upside down.
“I didn't see anything coming. I saw the scoreboard fall and the car started shaking. And by then it was too late to do anything other than to sit there and pray everything was going to be ok,” she recalled.
Underwood's daughter had her seatbelt on and was not injured.
“I just had to lay there for a minute trying to figure out what to do. I could see she was ok because she was there kind of wiggling and crying. Plus, she normally [doesn't] cry, so for her to cry it has to be pretty scary,” Underwood said.
Underwood was not restrained and suffered minor injuries and bruising to her arms and upper body. She was treated at a local hospital and released.
James Henderson's wife was in the other vehicle.
“Your heart is just pounding because all you are trying to do is get yourself and children out of harm's way,” he told Nashville's News 2.
Fortunately she was uninjured.
Four people at the park sustained minor injuries but declined medical treatment.
Franklin police said six mobile homes at Creekside Mobile Home Park in the 1500 block of West Main Street were also damaged in the tornado.
One of the homes was condemned after it was determined to have sustained structural damage making it uninhabitable.
No injuries were reported in that area.
“This storm came up with very little warning and was very intense for a brief period of time. We are very fortunate that there was not more damage to life or property. I want to thank our city team who did a great job responding,” Franklin City Administrator Eric Stuckey said.
The storms moved out of the Mid-State overnight, leaving cooler temperatures and sunny skies Friday morning.
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