Monroe County storm damage not caused by tornado

Monroe County storm damage not caused by tornado

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Experts from the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency and National Weather Service were in Monroe County Friday. Experts from the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency and National Weather Service were in Monroe County Friday.
Debris is scattered everywhere as residents begin to pick up after Thursday night's storm. Debris is scattered everywhere as residents begin to pick up after Thursday night's storm.
The storm left a 5-10 mile long path of destruction, including uprooted trees. The storm left a 5-10 mile long path of destruction, including uprooted trees.
A car under a carport was badly damaged. A car under a carport was badly damaged.

By JOSH AULT
6 News Reporter

MADISONVILLE (WATE) - Experts from the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency and National Weather Service were in Monroe County Friday to investigate whether a tornado caused the damage left behind by a storm Thursday night.  A report released on Friday night revealed it was not a tornado.

The Gudger and Oak Grove communities were especially impacted by the storm that hit around 8:20 p.m. The storm left a 5-10 mile long path of destruction, including uprooted trees, downed power lines, and damaged houses, barns, and trailers.

"I take a lot of pictures," explained National Weather Service meteorologist Anthony Cavallucci. "I get a lot of GPS points. I'm trying to figure out what happened."

Cavallucci toured all of the damage.

"What I've seen is a lot of tree damage, and then as we are getting closer to the city, we are starting to see more and more structural damage," said Cavallucci.

Cavallucci says the winds reached 70-90 mph.

An initial survey of damage in the Gudger Community indicates it was caused by straight line winds and not a tornado.

Some people who experience the storm say they still feel a tornado touched down.

"It happened all of a sudden," said storm victim Sandra Crane. "It was like pouring down rain and the it got real quiet. Then all of a sudden I heard a roar, and that's when I got my roommate out of bed. I think we are having a tornado."

More than 40 homes were damaged. At least two mobile homes were destroyed. Two Madisonville businesses reportedly received some damage as well.

There are no reports of injuries or fatalities.

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