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Powerful storm drives family from home, damages Ravenwood High

 Winds associated with a powerful storm that brought at least one tornado to Middle Tennessee caused structural damage to a home in downtown Franklin and to the roof of an area high school. No injuries have been reported within Williamson County from the late-night storm that downed power lines and trees throughout the county.

The Red Cross is providing a Franklin woman and three children with temporary housing after winds damaged their home last night 100 block of Acton Street located a few blocks southwest of Five Points.

Williamson County schools opened as scheduled, although Ravenwood High in Brentwood sustained roof damage that allowed water to enter two classrooms. Some classes convened in the gym and cafeteria as a result.

"I even saw Mr. Crumby with a white board teaching chemistry in the gym," said Ravenwood Principal Dr. Pam Vaden.

Winds also ripped the roof off the school’s press box, according to secondhand reports. Brentwood Assistant Police Chief Thomas Walsh said the storm caused damage to the canopy above the fuel pumps at the BP gas station at the intersection of Franklin Road and Church Street. A traffic light at Concord Road and Knox Valley Drive, and a school zone light at Wilson Pike near Ravenwood High School also sustained damage, he said.

“We were fortunate that no major damage occurred in Brentwood during the storms and high winds last night,” Walsh said. “Several trees were reported down on roadways overnight, but they have all been cleared this morning.”


Donna O’Neil contributed to this report.


Posted on: 1/30/2013


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