Possible tornado causes damage in Fentress County


The National Weather Service will determine if a tornado caused damage early Wednesday morning in Fentress County.

The damage was reported around 12:30 a.m. in the Muddy Pond area of Fentress County near the Overton County line.

The sound of strong winds, knocked down trees and shattered glass is what had the Guenther family take action to shield themselves for safety.

“It just got really loud just at the split of a second. We all ran for the basement as hard as we could run. By the time we got to the mudroom, the windows, the glass was flying,” said Bin Guenther, a homeowner on Campground Road in Clarkrange, Tennessee. 

Their house right next to the Overton County line is heavily damaged. 

Emergency responders said a building behind the barn was lifted up off its foundation and moved about a foot.

Part of the roof was blown off of a shop across the street and a nearby barn was also damaged.

There were no reports of any injuries.

“They’re all okay. So we’re good. This can all be replaced but they can’t,” said Jeannie Guenther. 

Building their farm from the ground up, it’s devastating for the Guenther family to see it torn apart. With support from the community, they are optimistic about fixing it up. 

Bin Guenther adds, “It’s really touching to know that people care about you.”

The sheriff helped lend a hand with a chainsaw, emergency responders checked on the family, and neighbors patched up the house and cleaned up what they could to make it livable for the family. 

It is not clear when the National Weather Service will survey the damage to determine if a tornado touched down.

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