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Fifth Anniversary Of Deadly Good Friday Tornadoes

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Fifth Anniversary Of Deadly Good Friday Tornadoes

CREATED Apr 11, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Thursday marked the fifth anniversary of the deadly Good Friday tornadoes.

The storm system spawned 69 tornadoes across Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia and the Carolinas on Friday, April 10, 2009.

An EF-4 tornado that ripped through Murfreesboro took the lives of Kori Bryant and her 9-week-old daughter, Olivia. The tornado injured nearly 60 people and damaged almost 900 structures.

With estimated winds of up to 170 miles-per-hour, the tornado left behind a 23 mile path of destruction across the area. 

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The anniversary brings back tough memories for Austin Billings.

"You think about what has happened and there is no reason it couldn't happen again," said Billings.

Five years ago, he and his wife Regina were enjoying her birthday in their Murfreesboro home.

"She was working in the kitchen and my daughter called and told us there are tornado warnings in this area and by the time she said that, I said, 'it's here now,'" he recalled.

Billings said within in a matter of minutes he and his wife witnessed from their kitchen window a tornado rip through their Blackman Community. The homes damaged near the intersection of Maya and Maricopa Drive have since been rebuilt, all with new owners.

"It unbelievable what happened and they built it back like they did," said Billings.

In the mid-state, 10 tornadoes, ranging from EF-0 to EF-4, tore through Benton, Cannon, Coffee, Cumberland, Humphreys, Houston, Putnam, Rutherford, and Sumner Counties.