Horse born during uncommon clockwise tornado in middle Tennessee

Horse born during the tornado PHOTO: WZTV

SHELBYVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) - Shelbyville residents began their first day of clean-up Thursday after confirmed uncommon "clockwise" tornado touches down in Wednesday's severe storms.

The National Weather Service said an EF-1 tornado caused damage in Bedford County, Tennessee. The NWS called it an anticyclonic tornado, which rotates clockwise and is very uncommon. A viewer sent in video of the tornado as is ripped through Shelbyville near the Rising Star Ranch.

David Williams said he couldn't believe his eyes when he saw the tornado touch down near his workplace yesterday afternoon.

"We saw in the distance water vapor and hay going up," Williams said. "I told my workers here, boy we gotta hurry up because it's fixing to get bad."

Williams is a breeding manager at Rising Star Ranch in Shelbyville, a walking horse facility that has been around for 17 years. When he saw a funnel cloud forming, he started to record it.

"We looked out the window and there was debris starting to fall from the sky," Williams said

Williams said 100 horses were on the property when severe weather struck yesterday, causing damage throughout Snell Road.

"When it came over the fence line you could see all the debris," Williams said.

The only silver lining in all of this was a horse had been born soon after the tornado touched down. The male horse is doing fine today, but is in need of a name.

"We wouldn't have seen him, we were too busy watching the storm," Williams said.

The NWS said it will investigate the damage further because the tornado was so rare in it's motion and damage path.

There were no reports of injuries in Bedford County. There was one woman injured in Warren County, where another tornado hit and destroyed a mobile home.

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