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Weather service confirms tornadoes hit Rutherford, Dickson counties

7:59 PM, Mar 18, 2013   |    comments
Cattle feed on a farm near Thompson's Station after heavy rains moved through the area Monday, March 18, 2013 in Thompson's Station, TN. / The Tennessean
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By Brian Wilson and Adam Tamburin / The Tennessean

The National Weather Service confirmed two separate tornadoes touched down in rural Rutherford and Dickson Counties during severe weather Monday morning.

An EF-0 tornado with winds between 80-85 miles per hour touched down in the Christiana area in Rutherford County near Interstate 24, and another tornado, likely an EF-1 with winds of at least 86 miles per hour, hit near Vanleer in Dickson County hours before.

Surveyors are still on the scene in Dickson County investigating the damage from the storms, said meteorologist Larry Vannozzi. More information is expected from Dickson County later, he said.

The Rutherford County storm was estimated to have lasted for three miles and was around 100 yards wide, Vannozzi said.

Several strong thunderstorms rolled through Middle Tennessee mid-morning, causing the handful of injury-producing crashes that dotted roads across the Nashville area.

Tornado warnings were issued in parts of several counties, including Davidson, Rutherford, Sumner, Wilson, Dickson and Montgomery counties.

Chilly temperatures are expected to settle in after the storms tonight, with lows are expected to dip into the mid-30s.

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