NWS: Tornadoes Touched Down In 3 Counties

NWS: Tornadoes Touched Down In 3 Counties

CREATED Feb 24, 2014

COFFEE COUNTY, Tenn. – The National Weather Service said tornadoes touched down in three mid-state counties on Thursday night.

EF-1 tornadoes touched down in Coffee, Franklin, and Moore Counties, according to NWS survey teams.

In Moore County, the tornado touched down around 9:53 p.m. in the Marble Hill community along Marble Hill Road. The tornado damaged several barn and farm structures along Marble Hill Road, tearing the side completely off one.

A well-built home sustained very minor siding damage. Large hardwood trees were uprooted along Marble Hill Road and a few were snapped and twisted near the base. The tornado apparently lifted within two minutes as it moved northeast across Highway 50 and into the higher terrain of Bean Hollow.

Around 10:08 p.m., another tornado touched down in the Tim's Ford area of southern Franklin County, just west of Wiley Road. Several trees were snapped or uprooted in this area. In addition, a large outbuilding was destroyed and a home sustained roof damage. It was on the ground for under one minute. Numerous trees were uprooted and another farm building was damaged.

Along Owl Hollow Lane, a home sustained significant damaged when a farm building was destroyed and a portion of the roof was blown through the side of the house. No one was hurt. About one-third of the south facing wall of the home was destroyed and a large chunk of the farm building ended up inside one of the second story bedrooms. The tornado then continued its eastward trek before lifting somewhere west of Haddon Lane.

A tornado touched down in the Estill Springs and Wilder Chapel communities of far northeast Franklin County around 10:23 a.m. The tornado first snapped trees along and west of Oak Grove Road, north of the intersection with Dabbs Road. The tornado lifted northeast and crossed Wilder Chapel Road.

A large swath of hardwood trees were snapped and twisted near the base. A large outbuilding was also destroyed and a home had minor roof damage. Further down Oak Grove Road, additional hardwood trees were uprooted. The tornado weakened as it lifted northeast toward the county line with only minor damage noted along Baker Cemetery Road.

An NWS survey team was dispatched to southeast Coffee County following social media reports from the public about the damage from Thursday's severe storms.

The team found that an EF-1 tornado, with estimated peak winds of 90 miles per hour, touched down around 10:30 p.m. along Interstate 24 northwest of Pelham, and continued on its path for approximately 1.2 miles.

A tree was snapped and two billboards were damaged along the interstate. Several more trees were uprooted along Betsy Willis Road.

A farm suffered significant damage just on the west side of Highway 41 with 3 grain silos destroyed after being blown off their base and a barn losing part of its roof. An outbuilding at the farm was destroyed with debris blown southeast across Highway 41.

Another barn on the east side of Highway 41 suffered minor roof damage. More trees were blown down east of Highway 41 with another outbuilding destroyed and debris blown across adjacent fields. The tornado then moved into inaccessible forested areas before lifting.

Wind damage was also reported south of where the tornado touched down. It snapped or uprooted several trees along Rutledge Hill Road and Highway 41.