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Small tornado confirmed

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

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Eddie Burton of the Tennessee Department of Transportation picks up broken limbs Tuesday at the area on U.S. 41A where a tornado touched down Monday afternoon.
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A small tornado touched down approximately six miles east of Shelbyville late Monday afternoon on U.S. 41A South, a National Weather Service survey team confirmed Tuesday.

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Jeremy Williams of the Tennessee Department of Transportation cuts fallen trees next to the Charles Leach home, which suffered roof damage.
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"An EF-0 tornado touchdown at a residence along Highway 41A approximately one-half mile east of the Highway 41A-Normandy Road intersection," the team's preliminary report said.

"Dozens of trees were snapped and uprooted at this location and a residence suffered roof damage with many shingles blown off. The tornado then crossed Highway 41A and Shofner Road before lifting."

80 mph wind

The report estimated peak wind at 80 miles per hour. The tornado was on the ground for approximately one mile, with a maximum width of 100 yards -- the length of a football field -- between 4:02 and 4:03 p.m., the report said.

An EF-0 tornado has winds of 65-85 mph and causes "minor" damage such as shingles or parts of roofs blown off, damage to gutters and siding, branches blown off trees and shallow rooted trees toppled. "EF" refers to the Enhanced Fujita scale of tornado strength.

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A Tennessee Department of Transportation crew at the site Tuesday afternoon said they'd seen no other signs of damage in the area.

Visible damage

Much tree damage and flattened limbs were visible in the immediate area, with leaves and minor debris scattered across the highway up to the U.S. 41A intersection. A path through the trees was clearly visible.

A ride through the nearby area Tuesday revealed two freshly fallen trees just east of the Normandy Road-Cortner Road intersection, and a few tree limbs down between that area and U.S. 41A South

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Trees were also damaged in a field off Shofner Road.
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The survey team followed the storm's path to the northeast.

"Additional areas surveyed in Coffee and Warren Counties contained only isolated trees and limbs blown down with no clear evidence of any additional tornado touchdowns," the report said.

Heavy rain

The NWS also released observer reports indicating total rainfall from 4.34 to 5.50 inches in Bedford County on Monday and Tuesday.

Some street flooding and several traffic accidents were blamed on the storm.


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