DECATURVILLE, Tenn– A frightening sound sends residents of Decaturville seeking shelter after they claim a tornado slammed into the area Monday.

“These are dangerous,” resident Cecil Walker said.

Downed power lines, trees snapped and a mobile home flattened after the storm swept across the area.

“I ducked in the house and told my wife to get my grandson and get in the floor with him and cover him with pillows,” Walker said.

Walker said he has lived on Brooksie Thompson Road for more than two decades and said he cannot remember a storm this bad.

“I heard a bunch of them go over that didn’t touch down and you pretty well remember the sound from them and you know it’s a tornado when it goes over. It has that certain roar about it,” Walker said.

The storm knocked power out across the area. Walker said it is something nothing can prepare you for.

“We had been watching for it and we had been warned it was coming and I was sitting out on the front and I could tell when it hit the trees at the end of the house and stuff started flying around,” Walked described.

“Well I hear all the time on TV it sounds like a train.Well that’s a pretty good description of it. It’s a whirling sound,” Walker said.

Officials said no one was injured in the storm, which is a major relief for Walker as he with the love of his life and his pride and joy.

“Their safety is the main thing. I wasn’t worried about myself I was worried about them and I wanted to make sure my little grandson didn’t get skinned up,” Walker said.

Crews on scene said they will be working into the night to clear trees and restore power to the area.

HUMBOLDT, Tenn.-Officers have now charged 18-year-old Daniel McBeth in the shooting of a man in his driveway, Friday.
He faces a count of attempted second degree murder.

Officers said McBeth and the 34-year-old victim argued before the shooting. The victim is reportedly in a Memphis hospital in critical, but stable condition.

McBeth remains jailed without bond until his hearing on Wednesday.

JACKSON, Tenn.-Jackson police have arrested Frederick Davis, accused of having nearly 500 grams of marijuana at his house.

According to court documents, officers executed a search warrant at his home on Lealand Lane, last Friday and found a case in the bushes outside the house with 456 grams of marijuana and digital scales inside.

Davis faces drug possession and paraphernalia charges and is currently free on $10,000 bond.

JACKSON, Tenn.-Jackson State Community College held its 7th annual Women’s History event.

As part of the celebration, the school held its first ever Women’s Pop-up Art Show.
Seven vendors showed off their art throughout the day, with dozens taking part.

Organizers said it was a chance to see the talent here in Jackson.

“We wanna showcase to the Jackson State community and the Jackson community at large how much talent we really have here at Jackson State and in Jackson,” said Dr. Anna Esquivel, assistant professor of English at Jackson State.

The college said it hopes to make the Women’s Pop-up Art Show an annual event as well.

MADISON COUNTY, Tenn.-Monday’s stormy weather is being blamed for a wreck on Airways Boulevard.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol told WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News a woman was hurt when her car ran off the road and flipped, late Monday afternoon. Her foot was trapped in the wreckage, so county firefighters had to use special tools to free her.

Officials on the scene said she should fully recover.

GIBSON COUNTY, Tenn. — A drive down Old Highway 45 in Bradford, felt more like a boat ride Monday afternoon after about half a months worth of rainfall fell in just more than three hours.

“It’s happened quite a bit before, but this is probably the worst I’ve ever seen it,” said Lucas Mallard.

“We’re used to flooding but not in that quick of a time,” said Assistant Chief Ryan Shanklin of the Gibson County Fire Department.

Officials said, at least 20 homes were affected. Steven McCartney said the water was about two inches from coming inside his front door.

“I was in the shower, trying to get ready to go to work when I heard the hail, then my wife came in and said, ‘well its coming up the creek,” McCartney said, “because we can see them coming up them ditches when it starts turning muddy.”

Agencies from Bradford and Gibson County worked together to clear roads and assist residents.

Around 4:30 Monday afternoon, the Bradford High School parking lot was under water, and officials tell us people from at least two residences had to be evacuated from their homes by boat.

“It was over waist deep for our firefighters so we had to use a boat to get in and get them out of the house,” Chief Shanklin said.

Within an hour’s time, the flood waters were gone, but the cleanup was just beginning.

“…start washing the mud out of the driveway, off the porch, and gather up what floated off,” McCartney said.

Officials told WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News they have received no reports of injuries in the Bradford area from the storm.

Weather Update – 10:45pm

Scattered thunderstorms have come to an end tonight. Winds will gradually shift out of the northwest. Clearing behind the main front should allow temperatures to fall tonight into the mid 50s. We should bottom out around 55°F overnight. We’ll keep the clouds around most of this evening. In fact, patchy fog will likely develop.

Mostly cloudy day to start, but dry air moving in should allow a partly sunny day. Temperatures should rise into the upper 60s to around 70 tomorrow. It should be an atypical spring-like day.

We have a nice break from the action, but we are watching late Wednesday into Thursday. The latest model guidance looks identical to today, only more moisture and it looks overall warmer. Latest models set temperatures to near 80 on Wednesday.  Stay tuned to the latest information. It is my Friday, so everyone have a great week!

VIPIR Storm Team 7: Meteorologist Moe Shamell
Twitter: @WBBJ7Moe

GIBSON COUNTY, Tenn.- A Gibson County man is jailed with a $150,000 bond, accused of trying to kill his neighbor and her dog.

Deputies said 57-year-old Salvatore Passero beat up his neighbor and stabbed her in the head, Sunday, before threatening to cut her dog’s throat.

Officers said they found him asleep inside his home on Medina Highway near Humboldt, with blood all over him.
He is charged with four counts, including attempted first degree murder.

DECATUR COUNTY, Tenn.-Leaders with Decatur County school have told WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News classes are canceled for Tuesday, March 28, 2017 due to area storm damage.

Again, Decatur County Schools will be closed Tuesday due to damage from Monday’s severe storms.

JACKSON, Tenn.-The man accused of shooting and killing a clerk inside the Bull Market gas station in west Jackson the day before Thanksgiving in 2015,  returns to court Monday, for a status hearing.

Urshawn Miller’s attorney’s argued parts of his post-arrest interview with police should not be included in evidence, which the judge granted.
Another status hearing has been set, for May 8.

Miller remains jailed on several counts including first degree murder.


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