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Severe wind storms damage area barns




Wednesday evening, severe weather plowed its way through Bedford County, damaging several homes and structures along its path. 

The National Weather Service confirmed Thursday that Shelbyville had an EF-1 tornado on Wednesday, according to Bedford County Emergency Management Agency director Scott Johnson.

Well-known world grand champion The Phantom Menace and other horses, were nestled up in their stalls in the barn owned by Thom Meek and Chris Payne on 231 South when the storm hit. 

The fierce and straight-lined wind storm, which was not technically deemed a tornado, caused most of its damage in a line from the Liberty School/Snell Road area to U.S. 231 South to State Highway 82 South near the Duck River bridge.

The Phantom Menace, a two-time World Grand Champion from 2003 and 2007 in the novice and amateur 15.2 & under division was campaigned by Meek. 

Though the barn was extensively damaged, all horses survived and were relocated to nearby facility Clearview Farm, Meek said.
 
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