KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — Survey crews with the National Weather Service in Morristown have found evidence of 3 tornadoes touching down in the region on Thursday, part of a storm system that swept across the south on Thursday, killing at least 8 people.
One injury was reported in Meigs County as a result of weather. Damages were reported across the region.
An EF0 tornado touched down around 11:50 a.m. on Jan. 12, southwest of Decatur in Meigs County. The twister developed near Highway 58 and tracked northwest. The report says the tornado with winds estimated at 70 mph was on the ground for about half a mile and left a path 150 yards wide.
A second EF0 tornado touched developed west of Dandridge in Jefferson County around 1:15 p.m. and crossed Deep Springs Road. Winds are estimated to have been around 70 mph. The survey team said this tornado was 30 yards wide and on the ground for just under a half of a mile.
A third EF0 tornado, with winds slightly stronger at 80 mph, hit the Baneberry community in Jefferson County around 1:30 p.m. This tornado is estimated to have been about 100-yards wide and stayed on the ground for two minutes, traveling just more than a mile, the survey crew reported.
National Weather Service records show East Tennessee averages 6 tornadoes a year since 1995. A total of 243 tornadoes have been reported in the region since 1950.
WATE 6 On Your Side’s Wes Cooper found damage from Thursday’s storm in Dandridge, which is around 7-and-a-half miles from where the tornado touched down in Baneberry. Footage sent back from Cooper shows fallen trees with their roots ripped from the ground.
EDITORS NOTE: This story has been updated with new information.