MT. JULIET - The National Weather Service confirmed Wednesday an EF2 tornado roared through north Mt. Juliet and ripped off the third floor of a building, destroyed store fronts, tipped over a tractor trailer, downed trees and caused significant destruction early Wednesday.
With winds estimated at 114 mph, the twister cut a nearly five-mile swath through the business corridor along Lebanon Road at 3:25 a.m. According to the National Weather Service, the tornado began on Glenwood Drive, then moved east-northeast through the city before lifting near Cooks Church Road. The heaviest damage happened in the commercial district around Lebanon Road and North Mt. Juliet Road, where one warehouse and an automotive business were heavily damaged, according to a report by the NWS.
By mid-morning, there were no injuries reported, but Capt. Steve Spencer with the Wilson Emergency Management Agency said firefighters had to rescue a man driving a tractor trailer flipped on its side behind Hardee's on Lebanon Road.
There were several people in a three-story Lineberry Boulevard office building, also near Hardee's, when the tornado ripped off the majority of the top floor.
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