Cannon County EMA director Roy Sullivan said Tuesday the National Weather Service and the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency has confirmed the damage done to several homes in the Bradyville area Monday evening was the result of an EF0 tornado.
EF0 is the weakest category on the Enhanced Fujita scale which runs from EF0 to EF5. An EF0 tornado has estimated winds of 65-85 mph and causes relatively minor damage.
Initially there was concern a Cannon County bus was involved in the incident, but Director of Schools William Curtis advised that was not the case.
"A small tornado touched down in the Bradyviille Area of Cannon County around 4:30 p.m. this afternoon," Curtis said in an e-mail. "Initial reports from E-911 stated that a "school bus" was in the vicinity and power lines and trees had the bus blocked.
"Transportation Supervisor Lisa Black immediately called the bus drivers that drive in that area, and all bus drivers were accounted for. Supervisor Black then went to the scene and discovered it was a Rutherdord County School Bus.
"Fortunately all students and the driver were safe, and were stranded in the area due to tress and power lines blocking the road.
"There were NO Tornado Warnings from the National Weather Service. So it simply pays to be "weather aware" even if there are no warnings in a thunderstorm situation. Cannon County Schools are currently working on being "Storm Ready" certified by the NOAA/National Weather Service," Curtis added.
Cannon County EMA Director Roy Sullivan told Channel 4 News witnesses at the scene saw a tornado touchdown near the 2400 block of Bradyville Road and pick back up before touching down again.
Sullivan advised Channel 2 News two homes and a barn in the area of 2400 Dug Hollow Road in the Bradyville community were damaged by a possible tornado.
EMA said a trampoline was picked up by the wind and flew into a transformer, cutting power in that area.
Residents in the area heard and saw the twister and immediately took cover, according to the Channel 2 report.
Homeowner Jared Lewis told Channel 2 he saw the tornado coming right towards him.
"I was sitting in the living room watching TV and I noticed the wind got up real heavy and I come look out the door and there's a tornado coming off that house and coming straight at me. I tried to shut the main door so it don't blow the glass and everything on me. I ran and got into the bathtub," Lewis told Channel 2.
Lewis said when he came back out from his cover, the roof was gone.
"I tried to wait it out and I came back out when the rain stopped there ain't no roof or nothing," said Lewis.
A total of 2.67 inches of rain has fallen in Cannon County since Friday and more stormy and wet weather is expected throughout the week.
A Flash Flood Watch remains in effect today for all of Middle Tennessee except parts of the Cumberland Plateau. Another 1 to 2 inches of rain can be expected today across the watch area. In addition, thunderstorms will be more numerous today, and a few of the storms could become strong, with gusty winds the primary threat, mainly in areas north of I-40.