The National Weather Service confirmed that a tornado touched down for about seven minutes in Smyrna last Thursday night after strong winds damaged 22 homes in the Clarkston Square area.
The homes were located near Rock Springs Road at Blair Road, just west of Interstate 24, according to City of Smyrna spokeswoman Kathy Ferrell. Two of the homes at Jewell Drive and Addie Drive were determined to be “structurally unsound” and were condemned.
“We are grateful our community is safe and we have no reports of injury,” Ferrell said in a news release.
Homes in the subdivision had trees down in their yards, as well as roofing and siding damage. Live power lines were in three streets which also had debris, broken glass and roofing nails. The Smyrna Public Works department responded with a “broom tractor,” a large rotating brush mounted to the front of a John Deere tractor, to clear the debris from the street.
Joe Laster, an AT&T employee, is the owner of one of the two condemned homes. After an official notice had been attached to his front door, he was cleaning up the storm damage at the home. A contractor arranged by his insurance company was on site Friday morning.
Laster’s home lost part of its roof, exposing beams in the attic. The yard was strewn with debris. He said he was grateful that no one was injured.
“The bottom line is no one was hurt. That’s the main thing. We’re getting things moving, still in the early stages, but as the day goes on, I think things will begin getting better pretty quick,” he said.
Murfreesboro received minimal damage aside from fallen trees during the storm. A utility pole on East Main Street and Double Springs Road had wind damage, according to a post on the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page.
No injuries were reported from the tornado, according to Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Lisa Marchesoni.
The most recent tornado to pass through Rutherford County was on Feb. 6, 2019, according to the NWS tornado database. That tornado, which had no fatalities, touched down on West Trimble Road in Milton, an unincorporated town just south of Highway 96.
The Rutherford County Emergency Management Agency (RCEMA) is in the process of documenting property damage caused by flooding due to the exponential rainfall from last weekend’s storms, according to a press release from Ashley McDonald, spokeswoman for the county.
Home and business owners in Murfreesboro, Smyrna, La Vergne and Eagleville are advised to contact RCEMA if their properties sustained flood damage between the dates of March 27 and 28.
Property owners will need to provide their name, address, a description of the damage. Photos of the damage are encouraged, if available, as well as any recorded documentation of damage from previous flooding events at the property location.
They will also be asked if they have property and flood insurance.
Public Safety Director Chris Clark said in a release that reports should be made only for damage that impacted homes. Flood damage to driveways, fences, barns, sheds, mailboxes or other outbuildings does not need to be reported to RCEMA.
All reports can be made via phone by calling 615-898-7764 ext. 1 or via email at email@example.com.