We had some very severe weather pass through Middle Tennessee early this morning: I was awakened by the rumble of thunder and checked my weather radar app (RadarScope – HIGHLY recommended, btw) to see this:
Just a couple of minutes later, the emergency alert tone sounded on my phone, followed almost immediately by the sound of the local warning sirens a couple of miles away:
I decided to go downstairs (I live in a 2-story house of typical wood-frame construction, so upstairs is not where I’d want to be with a tornado nearby), and I made a cup of coffee while I watched the radar closely. 30 seconds after my coffee was ready, the electricity went out for about 10 seconds, then flickered back on. The rain continued for a bit, but there was no hail or particularly high wind (I checked my backyard weather station as well). When the warning expired, I headed back up to bed, but thanks to the coffee, I wasn’t sleepy. I pulled up ForeFlight and discovered a NOTAM (Notice to Airmen) had been issued by the FAA closing John C. Tune Airport:
That got my attention, so I searched the news and Twitter and discovered to my horror and dismay that my little airport suffered major damage in the storm – apparently a tornado passed through Nashville, and it touched down at John Tune before moving off to the east towards downtown:
Reports indicate a possible fuel tank explosion, fires, airplanes overturned, and some hangars destroyed. No reports of injuries, thankfully, but I’m heartbroken.
I’ll post more news as I learn more details. Daylight is still a few hours away here.