Possible tornado reported near Wilson-Rutherford line

The Wilson Post
Meteorologists from the National Weather Service Office in Old Hickory will survey an area south of Cedars of Lebanon State Park today (Jan. 18) to determine whether a tornado or straight line winds damaged structures and overturned a recreational vehicle during Tuesdays severe weather.

We wont be doing our official storm survey until tomorrow (Wednesday) morning, said Trevor Boucher, meteorologist with the NWS.

He added that meteorologists could not say definitely that a tornado had touched down but noted that there was quite a bit of structural damage in the area with one RV overturned. Some trees were also reported snapped.

Damage runs the length of three-fourths of a mile to a mile in the Rockdale community in Rutherford County which is west of State Route 840 and south of Couchville Pike. There were no injuries reported as of 4:30 p.m.

The damage could also have been caused by straight line winds that are often associated with strong lines of thunderstorms such as the system that moved through the Mid-state on Tuesday and also through Kentucky and Mississippi and Alabama. A tornado was confirmed on the ground for a time yesterday north of Sumner County and the state line in Kentucky, Boucher said.

Straight line winds can cause as much damage as a tornado. Boucher noted an EF zero or EF1 tornado can also cause the type of damage that resulted from yesterdays storm.

Also yesterday, a trained weather spotter reported seeing a wall cloud which could have contained a funnel cloud near the Nashville Superspeedway at 1:36 p.m.

He said that he saw a wall cloud, Boucher said, adding it very well could have had a funnel cloud in the formation.

The line of nasty weather was associated with a cold front that moved quickly through the state causing severe thunderstorm warnings and tornado warnings to be issued in a few locations including Wilson County.

The cold front also brought high winds ahead of it and colder temperatures after its passage. The low last night and early this morning was expected to drop to about 27 degrees. The high today should be near 40.

Itll be a chilly one, he said. We still will feel the affects of the cold front.

Thursday, however, will be warmer with more southerly winds and enough sun to raise the high temperature to the lower 50s. Thursday night will be chilly again with a low of about 29.

The next chance for rain is on Friday with a 20 percent chance and Friday night with a 60 percent chance.

Editor Jennifer Horton may be contacted at news@wilsonpost.com.