Storm damage devastates several homes, ball field in Lawrence County
LORETTO, Tenn. (WZTV) —
FOX 17 News is tracking storm damage across Middle Tennessee, including in Lawrence County. Emergency officials said no one in the county was injured, but several homes are destroyed after tornado-strength winds swept through the area Monday night.
Loretto resident Dorothy Moore says she’s still in shock after surviving a storm that she says shook her entire home and ripped off part of her roof.
"I was sittin' there, prayin', Lord, let us live through this,” Moore said.
Moore said she could feel her walls swaying back and forth with the wind.
"It was awful. The walls going in and out, in and out, and I'm still tore up over it,” she said.
Next-door, her neighbor’s workshop has been reduced to pieces of wood and scattered metal.
A sense of uncertainty hanging in the air as cleanup begins.
"Just living in limbo after something like this,” Moore said. “You don't know what's next.”
Just a few miles down the road, Willie Stults’ future is also uncertain. The storm’s damaging winds tore his mobile home off of its foundation, and flipped it onto its side.
Stults did not want to talk on-camera with Fox 17 News, but his close friends say they’re just thankful he wasn’t in the home when it flipped.
"It's devastating when you lose a home,” Stults’ close friend Beth Gobble said. “That happened to us in 94 when the tornadoes came through, so we know how it feels. Things can be replaced, they're not important, people are what is important."
As representatives with the National Weather Service tracked the path of this storm in Lawrence County on Tuesday, they did not confirm whether a tornado hit the area or not. However, one representative said if it wasn’t a tornado, it was just as strong as one, with estimated 90 mile per hour winds during the height of the storm.
The Loretto Lion’s Club Sports Complex received extensive damage as well.
Loretto Police Chief Bobby Joe Killen said it could cost as much as half a million dollars to repair the destroyed press boxes, bleachers and stone walls.
"It's heartbreaking, but it's just like anything else,” Killen said. “You just got to start all over again, and not give up on it."