Tornado confirmed in Roane County

Tornado confirmed in Roane County

Posted 24 June 2011, by Staff, Knoxville News Sentinal (Scripps Interactive Newspapers Group),

OAK RIDGE – An EF0 tornado with winds up to 70 mph touched down Wednesday in Roane County, according to the National Weather Service.

The tornado touched down about 6:40 p.m. at Highway 95 and Bear Creek Road near the west entrance to the Y-12 Nuclear Weapons Complex, according to NWS meteorologist Tim Troutman.

“It was a very short touchdown,” Troutman said Thursday morning.

The path was about 100 yards long and 20 yards wide, he said. A few trees were twisted. Weather Service spotters Josh Marler and Jeremy Buckles shot a video of the touchdown and reported it to the Weather Service, Troutman said.

“We checked with emergency management in Roane County to verify the damage,” Troutman said.

© 2011, Knoxville News Sentinel Co.


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