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"We hear a lot of rain," says storm victim David Coley. "I don't know if it's hail or rain, but we hear the winds and electricity goes out. At that point, we don't know if it's raining in our house, if I'm going to walk out and see sky and no walls."
Coley's house was still standing, but every tree in the backyard was leveled, and along his street, few homeowners escaped without some roof damaged.
"It literally separated the door and frame away from the house and nails perfectly straight," says homeowner Dan Taylor.
"We had pockets of areas where we had structural damage," says Sumner Co. EMA Director Ken Weidner. "Some homes had roofs taken off and some garages totally destroyed."
The National Weather Service confirms an EF-0 tornado touched down in the area, one of 5 low level twisters in Sumner County.
"Early on, it felt like the '08 tornado which touched down a mile and a half from here," says Weidner. "It was on the ground 5.6 miles in Sumner County. It was a long track on ground for 50 miles."
This time, the damage was less severe and no one was killed and/or injured. Residents are counting their blessings.
"When you look around the United States and see some of the storms and see when people are talking like we are now and their home behind them is leveled," says Taylor. "We're talking about roof damage, and I can get a new garage door. So very blessed."
Sumner County does not have tornado sirens. Officials say a lot of people took cover and were alerted to the tornado watches and warnings because of newscasts and weather radios that sounded early morning.
Thursday, January 31 2013, 04:25 AM CST
Haslam's chief deputy Claude Ramsey to retire
June 19, 2013 16:41 GMT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Gov. Bill Haslam says chief deputy Claude Ramsey is retiring at the end of August to spend more time with his family in Chattanooga.
The Republican governor said in a news release on Wednesday that the 70-year-old Ramsey has been integral to his administration on key initiatives that include civil service reform, economic development efforts, workforce development training and improved operation of state government.
Ramsey was elected to the General Assembly in 1972 where he served four years in the House. He was Hamilton County's mayor for 16 years.
His last day on the job is August 31.
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