That is, spared but for loss of power that had the place shut down as of 10 a.m. local time this morning — and some damaged small trees on the property’s perimeter and one cracked and precariously leaning power pole on the back part of the lot near the truck exit. That could be among other issues that aren’t obvious to the naked eye, but “wiped out” it is not — I heard a rumour to that effect flying around in the early morning.
Keep all of us down here in your thoughts. It’s a pretty big mess in my neighborhood of East Nashville, the tornado having followed a roughly similar path to the one in 1998 that came through here, predating my residence. My family and closest friends seem to have emerged unscathed, excepting a piece of a big tree that fell in a friend’s front yard a half-block away, demolishing part of a fence and barely missing the neighbors’ house. My daughter’s school took a hit with roof and water damage, and some other friends’ houses, churches — and the coffeehouse I speak to many of you from in my quiet little corner there, day to day … well, it’s not pretty. We’ll all be cleaning up for a while.
This video shows an overhead view from the street where my daughter went to preschool some years ago, and it’s really, really devastating there:
The storm system reached as far east as Cookeville, I hear, about an hour’s haul down I-40, where another tornado touched down. My friend Andy Soucy, owner-operator out of Lebanon between here and there, reports he’s heard his house is fine but there was plenty disruption very close by the interstate exit off which he lives. He’s in Canada at the moment on a haul, a long way from home.
I know a lot of folks need a hand around here. If you’ll excuse me today, I’ve got the work gloves handy. Time to get out and help pick up some more.