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Murfreesboro Tornado

Murfreesboro Tornado9 hurt as tornado reported near Murfreesboro.

Hospital officials in Rutherford County report 9 people have been injured after numerous eyewitness reports of a tornado.

Dispatchers at the county Emergency Management Agency said their county had been "heavily impacted" and it was in "response phase" after receiving numerous reports of a tornado on the ground at about midday Friday.

Martha Tolbert, spokeswoman for Middle Tennessee Medical Center, says nine people have been taken to the hospital with injuries from the tornado. She did not have any other details about the severity of their injuries.

Retired Middle Tennessee State University professor John High said in a phone interview with The Associated Press that he saw a tornado on the ground and debris flying in the northern part Murfreesboro, about 30 miles southeast of Nashville.

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