No injuries reported as Monroe County hit by possible tornado

No injuries reported as Monroe County hit by possible tornado

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Large trees were snapped like twigs by the storm. Large trees were snapped like twigs by the storm.

MADISONVILLE (WATE) - Monroe County residents are cleaning up after severe weather, including a possible tornado, rumbled through the area Thursday night.

The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) issued a State of Emergency late Thursday "due to a possible tornado and report of damage in Madisonville."

Monroe County EMA director Brian Turpin says the storm began in the Gudger community around 8:20 p.m. and moved northeast through Madisonville and the Oak Grove community. The storm's track is believed to be 5 to 10 miles long.

Several houses, barns, and other structures were damaged. Many trees and power lines were knocked down by the storm.

Monroe County E911 dispatchers say they received approximately 100 calls in a two hour timeframe.

There are no reports of injuries or fatalities.

Classes for Monroe County Schools and Sweetwater City Schools students were delayed one hour because of downed trees and power lines that made travel difficult in some areas.

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