VIDEO: Possible tornado touchdown at Shelbyville ranch

A possible tornado touched down in Bedford County on Wednesday.

Rising Star Ranch, located along Sneed Road in Shelbyville, posted the video on its Facebook page showing the possible tornado about 4:30 p.m.

David Williams also sent Fox 17 News photos of storm damage, which included uprooted trees.

The National Weather Service said it will survey the damage along Sneed Road on Thursday.

Debris from a damaged structure sits atop a pickup truck in Henry County, Alabama, after a suspected tornado touched down in the area on April 5, 2017. (Michele W. Forehand/Dothan Eagle via AP)

Tornado warnings lifted in Southeast as states assess damage

Residents in the Southeast and Midwest were dealing with the damage left behind by a system of storms that barreled through, bringing high winds, hail and lots of rain.

The severe weather also moved into the Ohio and Tennessee valleys, according to the National Weather Service.
It tallied numerous reports of hail and high winds and listed nine possible tornadoes -- seven in Georgia, one in Indiana and one in South Carolina.

The agency's Storm Prediction Center said several reports included word of damaged houses, flying roofs and downed trees.

As of early Thursday morning, there were no more tornado warnings -- which indicate tornadoes are imminent.
But a tornado watch for southern Georgia stretching into Florida including Jacksonville and Orlando, remains in effect until Thursday 8 a.m. A tornado watch means that conditions are favorable for severe weather.

A resident of the Atlanta suburb of Lilburn told CNN affiliate WSB-TV that the top of a tree fell on his house after being slammed by lightning.

"Giant explosion on that pine tree out there. We thought it was a transformer," Ray Weissinger said. A smoking section of tree went through his roof, prompting fears the home would catch fire. Weissinger got his wife and 90-year-old mother-in-law out.

"Everybody's fine," he said. Weissinger did get some disappointing news when the water restoration company he hired called him back and said they couldn't come until a tornado watch expired.

A tornado emergency had been issued for Webster and Sumter counties in Georgia. In Sumter County, a suspected tornado up to a mile and a half wide was spotted, county emergency management director Nigel Poole told CNN.

"There have been reports of damage, but we have not been able to access them yet," he said Wednesday afternoon.
Metro Atlanta was hit twice by a deluge of rain. Almost 4 inches fell in a 24-hour period, the National Weather Service office in Peachtree City said.

At the Masters golf tournament in Augusta, Georgia, the Par 3 Contest was canceled due to the inclement weather.

In addition, the Federal Aviation Administration issued a ground stop for flights at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, which was later lifted on Wednesday afternoon. But delays persisted through early Thursday. More than 900 flights to or from one of the world's busiest airports were canceled Wednesday, according to the flight tracking website FlightAware.

Hail fell in many parts of Alabama, where Gov. Robert Bentley declared a state of emergency ahead of the weather event.

One user posted on Instagram that hail was approximately one to 1.5 inch. "Pretty crazy! Certainly not the usual weather here!"

There was also quarter-sized hail in Kentucky. Kev Salsman of Elizabethtown recorded video of a steady deluge on his backyard deck.

From Kentucky, Ian Corbin posted a funnel cloud swirling Wednesday night in Owingsville, with tornado sirens blaring in the background.

South Carolina
Flooding was seen throughout Columbia as the fire department there reported receiving over 100 incidents during a four-hour period on Wednesday.

Nearly 3 Dozen Tornadoes Sweep South Causing Damage in 11 States

Nearly three dozen tornadoes have been confirmed across the South since Sunday, and meteorologists expect that number to rise as the National Weather Service continues to survey areas damaged by this week's severe weather outbreak.  

On Wednesday, residents took cover across the South during the latest round of severe weather Wednesday afternoon, which spawned several damaging tornadoes that threatened lives and left behind trails of damage.

The outbreak came with plenty of warning, as forecasters warned residents about the possible impacts days in advance. Additionally, the Storm Prediction Center upgraded a swath of southeastern Georgia and southern South Carolina to a "high" risk – the highest possible designation for severe weather danger.

Storms earlier in the week caused damage and claimed lives in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and South Carolina.


A long-track tornado was reported in south Georgia early in the afternoon hours, skirting small towns but leaving thousands concerned about its path. In Weston, a town of just 70, structural damage was confirmed after the reported tornado passed through, but there were not believed to be any injuries.

Five Atlanta city workers had to be rescued Wednesday after getting caught in floodwaters, WSBTV reports. An Atlanta Watershed SUV became stuck around 2 p.m., followed by a public works truck that came to set up barricades to keep motorists from driving through high waters.

Firefighters that happened to be in the area were able to quickly rescue the workers using an inflatable raft, according to WSBTV.

At least three homes went up in flames Wednesday after being struck by lighting, reports CBS46. The blazes occurred at two homes in Lilburn and one in Loganville. There were no injuries.

In Augusta, the first round of storms came through late Wednesday morning and forced officials to suspend a practice round for the PGA Tour's Masters tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. The course was briefly reopened in the afternoon hours before storms forced all events to be canceled for the rest of the day.

At Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, where a ground stop was in place Wednesday morning, some 450 flights were canceled by 3 p.m. EDT Wednesday, according to FlightAware.

Multiple trees and power lines were downed in Laurens and a home and barn sustained structural damage, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).

More than 6,400 were without power as of Wednesday evening. Georgia Power reported 3,229 customers without power and Georgia EMC reported 3,188 remained powerless.

South Carolina

A child was injured in Dillon after winds caused an oak tree to collapse on top of a home, according to NWS. The child was transported to a local hospital. Two vehicles were also damaged by the fallen tree.

The first wave of storms dumped heavy rain on Columbia, but west of the South Carolina capital, damage was reported in some areas. Officials told the AP a grain silo was damaged near Ridge Spring, and a tree fell onto a home nearby.

Some highways in the area were blocked by fallen trees Wednesday afternoon, the report added.

The town of Johnston, which calls itself the Peach Captial of the World, received a particularly hard blow after a possible tornado left a dozen buildings damaged and downed trees into streets.

"We need power back," Mayor Terrence Cullbreath told the Associated Press by phone. "But there are likely more storms coming and they can't get the power back in bad weather."

He said that a local armory has been opened as a shelter.


Gov. Robert Bentley declared a state of emergency ahead of the onslaught of severe weather, according to a release. Fifty National Guard soldiers will also be deployed in the state.

Structural damage was reported in Henry County Wednesday afternoon. According to AL, no injuries have been reported in the area following the storms.

Henry County Emergency Management Agency Representative John Taylor told the Associated Press that power lines and trees were downed and some homes were apparently damaged by a reported tornado.


Winds from a possible tornado destroyed a mobile home, causing one minor injury in Warren County Wednesday, according to NWS.

Roofs were damaged and debris was scattered throughout the area, reports WKRN. In Shelbyville, at least one barn was completely destroyed.


Strong winds caused a mobile home with a family inside to turn over in Henry County Wednesday, State Police Trooper Joshua Lawson told AP. An unoccupied mobile home was also blown over by winds, as well a barn on the same property.

Hail caused damages in Henry, Metcalfe, Warren and Barren counties. No injuries were reported.

North Carolina

Lighting hit a structure in Brunswick Wednesday, causing it to catch on fire, NWS reports.

Ashley Avenue was shut down at Sumter Street and King Street was closed at Huger Street in Charleston Wednesday due to flooding and heavy rain, according to NWS.


In Navarre, Florida, three lightning strike injuries were reported by emergency officials Wednesday afternoon. Their conditions were not immediately known.

EF2 Tornado Confirmed in Southwest Missouri

As the South prepared for a severe weather outbreak Tuesday night, one town in southwest Missouri was cleaning up damage from a tornado.

An elementary school, a fire department and parts of the downtown area saw significant damage in Goodman, Missouri, 40/29 News reports. The town of about 1,200 located some 25 miles south of Joplin had extensive damage; two people were injured, but no fatalities were reported, according to the Joplin Globe.

Following a preliminary damage survey, the NWS confirmed the tornado and assigned it an EF2 rating.

"Goodman was under a tornado warning at the time damage was reported in that city," weather meteorologist Brian Donegan said. "The NWS will conduct a storm survey to determine whether or not a tornado caused the damage, and if so, the rating."

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