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First October tornado ever in Wilson hits Monday

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The survey determined that four sheds were destroyed, and a mobile home on Knight Creek Road was pushed off its foundation and sustained roof damage and broken windows.

Several trees were blown down, Shamburger said, adding surveyors could see debris had been blown from around the home into fields in the Statesville area.

The tornados winds were estimated at 85 mph. An EF-0 tornado has wind speeds of 65 to 85 mph. (EF stands for Enhanced Fujita.)

Luckily, it was a weak one, he said.

The storm system also produced a second tornado, another EF-0, with this one striking the Grant Community of Smith County where it damaged a mobile homes undercarriage.

The storm system Monday also brought quite a bit of rain to the Middle Tennessee area. One observer reported 4 inches of rain fell in Lebanon.

The heavy rains caused some flooding in the area, but no serious damage was reported.

The storm system came out of Mexico and moved across Texas this past weekend where it dropped up to 10 inches of rain in some locations. It moved over Tennessee on Monday producing rotation among the clouds in some places.

The transition from warm to cool weather is under way, and Shamburger noted We are starting to get stronger storm systems.

Indeed, there is a Secondary Severe Weather Season that occurs later in the fall. We can see severe weather in November and December.

Temperatures will warm up the next couple of days with highs in the upper 70s to low 80s and lows in the 50s at night.

A strong cold front is to move through Wilson County Friday night bringing about a 40 percent chance of rain Saturday and Sunday, and much cooler temperatures, as well. Shamburger said the high Saturday and Sunday should be in the upper 50s to mid 60s.

Sunday night and Monday night/morning, however, will likely find the low temperature dropping to the middle 30s with some outlying areas close to the freezing mark of 32 degrees. The first of next week, he noted, may be our first chance for frost. The first frost of the season normally does not occur until later in October.

Its going to be chilly, Shamburger added.

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