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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
Prince Edward presents Edinburgh's awards in Tenn.
May 23, 2013 22:00 GMT
By ERIK SCHELZIG Associated Press
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Queen Elizabeth's youngest son, Prince Edward, is visiting Tennessee to promote one of the British royal family's charities, the Duke of Edinburgh's awards.
The prince presided over an awards ceremony at the governor's mansion in Nashville on Thursday for the first batch of young Tennesseans to participate in the leadership and character program.
About 80 youths received the award by participating in community service, skills development, physical fitness and adventurous journeys through the Boy Scouts, Boys and Girls Clubs, LEAD Academy, Montgomery Bell Academy or the Miss Tennessee Scholarship Organization.
Following the event, Gov. Bill Haslam and first lady Crissy Haslam invited the awardees and their families to tea inside the governor's residence. Later on Thursday, the prince was scheduled to headline a black-tie gala at Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville.
Bernanke signals Fed to maintain stimulus efforts
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Chairman Ben Bernanke is telling Congress that the U.S. job market remains weak and that it is too soon for the Federal Reserve to end its extraordinary stimulus programs.
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