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NWS: Storm Damage Last Night in Lincoln, Sumner, Robertson Co. Done by 3 Tornadoes

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The National Weather Service makes it official. The storm damage last night in Lincoln, Sumner and Robertson Counties was done by 3 tornadoes. The strongest twister, an EF-1, hit Orlinda, knocking down trees and blowing out windows. Across the interstate in Portland, an EF-0 tornado took the roof off the fire station. Both hit after dark, but neither caught anyone by surprise. David Hicks is surveying the damage to his home and neighborhood on East Robertson Road in Orlinda. The tornado left its mark, snapping trees like toothpicks. Hicks knew it was coming and rode out the storm in a shelter right outside their back door.

Hicks' neighbor Carolyn Knight had a window blown out of her home. She and her 89 year old mother heeded the warnings and headed for their safe place while Mother Nature filled their pool with debris.

Across I65 in Sumner County, a 2nd tornado peeled the roof off the Portland Fire Department. Also hard hit was Reed Avenue just a few blocks away. Shingles were sheered off and vehicles were battered, but no one was hurt. Sumner County EMA Director Ken Widener says Portland dodged a bullet.

Portland Public Works moved in quickly and with the help of a local contractor cleared much of the debris off the streets. The first step toward getting storm victims back in their homes.

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