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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Two tornadoes touched down in Coffee County late Tuesday night as severe storms moved through southern Tennessee.
The National Weather Service says the tornadoes, both EF-1, hit Tullahoma and Manchester.
In Tullahoma, the twister hit the ground at 9:05 p.m. and moved at 105 mph. It was 300 yards wide and travelled for eight miles before lifting off the ground.
It hit just inside the Coffee County line west of Tullahoma and traveled across State Route 16, or Jackson Street, where it damaged businesses and their roofs.
The tornado then moved across the Lakewood Golf and Country Club and Lake Tullahoma.
Hundreds of trees were uprooted and snapped, and one person was injured when a tree fell on top of their car.
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The tornado in Manchester touched the ground at 9:24 p.m. and also traveled at 105 mph. It was 200 yards wide and its path was 3.5 miles long.
Officials say it touched down in the southeastern portion of the city and didn’t stay on the ground for long.
Dozens of trees were uprooted or snapped, while barns and outbuildings were heavily damaged along the tornado’s path.
At one point, a one-story log cabin house was picked up off its foundation and moved 6 to 8 feet. Miraculously, almost the entire house remained intact.
Homeowner Vollie Stone told News 2 the sound he heard when the storm moved through was unmistakable.
“While I was on the phone on my back porch, I heard it,” he said. “I said, ‘Holy moly!’ You could plainly hear the whooshing, roaring sound. The power went off and I headed for the basement.”
Stone said that when the worst was over, he called his parents, who live nearby. He said they had so many trees down they could not get out of their home. They’re now cleaning up with chainsaws. He went on to say he was thankful his parents were not hurt.
Neighbor helps Tullahoma High girls basketball team
At one point in Tullahoma, the girls’ basketball team from Tullahoma High School was returning from Giles County when a telephone pole snapped, dropping lines across the road.
Eugene London happened to see the bus outside and took them all in.
“They all came in and they came into the living room area and we lit the fireplace and everything, and I said, ‘Well do you guys want to go down to the game room? It’s a much larger area,’” London told News 2.
The girls then charged their cell phones one by one with an inverter since the power was out so they could each notify their parents of what happened.
London is actually a well-known basketball legend in the area, and his brother is Antonion London, a famous NFL player who played for the Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers.