High wind damage in Shelbyville Area Early Sunday Morning

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While the thunderstorms may have roared through Rutherford County without a tornado early Sunday morning (3/29/2020), nearby Bedford County was not so lucky. Residents there saw straight line winds do the damage of what a tornado typically does.

UPDATE: WGNS previously reported it was a tornado after talking to several local residents and photographing damage, but the National Weather Service says that NO tornado struck the area - it was strong straight line winds.

High winds swept across Highway 231 South next to the Shelbyville Municipal Airport destroying barns, fence rows, utility poles and trees.

On a side note of interest, Shelbyville, TN has a tornado index rating of 240. The higher the number, the more likely the area is to receive tornadoes, according to USA.com. The overall index number for Tennessee rings in at 175.

TORNADO INDEX Rating (INDEX by USA.com)
Higher Numbers indicate Higher Tornado Risks:

Community / Index Rating

- Gallatin, TN 270 Rating
- Nashville, TN 268 Rating
- Hendersonville, TN 262 Rating
- Lebanon, TN 242 Rating
- Murfreesboro, TN Rating 241 Rating
- Mt. Juliet, TN 241 Rating
- Rockvale, TN 240 Rating
- Shelbyville, TN 240 Rating
- La Vergne, TN 238 Rating
- Brentwood, TN 237 Rating
- Lascassas, TN 230 Rating
- Christiana, TN 228 Rating
- Chapel Hill, TN 229 Rating
- Franklin, TN 226 Rating
- Nolensville, TN 225 Rating
- Arrington, TN 225 Rating
- Eagleville, TN 221 Rating
- Fosterville, TN 221 Rating
- Wartrace, TN 216 Rating
- Bell Buckle, TN 215 Rating
- College Grove, TN 215 Rating
- Thompson Station, TN 211 Rating
- Woodbury, TN 210 Rating
- Doweltown, TN 210 Rating
- Manchester, TN 209 Rating
- Normandy, TN 206 Rating
- Beechgrove, TN 201 Rating
- Bradyville, TN 201 Rating

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