Direct Hit: Tipton County Man Surveys Damage after Tornado

Direct Hit: Tipton County Man Surveys Damage after Tornado

Tony Cromwell shook his head as he surveyed what was left after an early morning tornado tore the roof off his house and tossed 4-story grain silos around like they were soda cans.
TIPTON COUNTY, TN (localmemphis.com) - Tony Cromwell shook his head as he surveyed what was left after an early morning tornado tore the roof off his house and tossed 4-story grain silos around like they were soda cans.

"First the hail hit, then it was like an explosion, all the windows blew out of the house," Cromwell said.

Cromwell and his wife were in bed when the tornado hit around 5:55 a.m. Friday.

"She hit the floor, of course I ran down the hallway," he said. "It's unreal."

The lid of one of his silos hung wrapped around a tree behind his house. Another silo sat in a pond behind his house.

"It happened so quick, within five minutes it all happened," he said. "I just feel blessed and lucky."

On Friday evening, meteorologists from the National Weather Service toured the damage and destruction on Cromwell's property.

"This is not unusual for the center part of the country," said Jim Belles, with the National Weather Service. "We are very vulnerable in the Mid-South, this is an area that has as far as killer tornados, some of the highest frequencies in the United States."

Cromwell, who grew up in the house, says he hopes to rebuild.

"It is kind of heart breaking, you live here all your life," he said. "I'd hate not to build back here, I got grandkids across the road, grandkids behind me."

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