Rutherford County man believes tornado hit home

Rutherford County man believes tornado hit home

Posted: Updated: Jan 14, 2013 08:30 AM CST
EAGLEVILLE, Tenn. -

An Eagleville man is safe after a powerful storm ripped through his home Sunday.

For Wayne Banner, it was a typical Sunday afternoon until he noticed a quick change in the weather outside his window.

"I saw this real strange looking cloud hanging up over there back to the west, and then the wind started blowing, immediately the wind started blowing really hard and I see trees all flying around outside so I ran and got in that closet under the stairs and held onto the door," he told Nashville's News 2.

With just seconds to spare, Banner took shelter in a closet underneath a set of stairs.

"I felt the whole house shake," he continued.

Once the storm passed, Banner surveyed the damage. One third of his metal roof was torn off, along with his home's gutters.

Light fixtures also hung down over the front porch, a window was broken and patio furniture was tossed around.

"Oh no doubt I think it was a tornado, just by the way those trees were all twisted and just the damage to everything, it had to be," Banner said.

The storm also knocked down an entire line of trees just a few feet away from Banner's home.

"I've been around a lot of storms and never one like that, but I knew just by the way the wind was blowing and the way that cloud looked, it wasn't right so I just knew I better run and get somewhere," he said.

Banner estimated the storm caused several thousand dollars worth of damage to his home.

The National Weather Service will determine if they need to investigate, and later decide if a tornado did touch down in Eagleville.

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