UPDATE (4 p.m. April 4) — The National Weather Service now says two EF 2 tornadoes hit Scott County on Thursday, April 8.
In its latest update, the NWS says the two tornadoes were on the ground for just two minutes in the Norma community.
The first tornado touched down at 6:14 p.m. a mile north-northwest of Norma.
“The tornado tracked between Howard Day and Norma Roads where many large hardwood trees were snapped or uprooted along with minor roof damage to one home,” a NWS report says. “The tornado was at its strongest just north of Howard Day Road.”
The second tornado came down two miles away just four minutes later.
“The tornado continued across Straight Fork Road, where significant damage occured to a h ome and a garage was completely destroyed,” according to the report.”A 14,000-pound camper trailer adjacent to the garage was rolled about 30 yards away with many shingles ripped off another nearby home.
“Further down the valley, a double-wide mobile home was destroyed.”
UPDATE: (4/9, 12:30 P.M.) – The U.S. National Weather Service in Morristown has confirmed an EF-2 tornado moved through Scott County on Thursday.
The NWS Morristown tracked a tornadic cell between 5:50 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., according to data released on the NWS Morristown Facebook page.
Scott County Schools announced late Thursday night that Fairview Elementary School will be closed on Friday, April 9, following storm damage.
In nearby Cumberland County, an EF 0 tornado passed right over Pleasant Hill Elementary School. The School Resource Officer was credited with saving lives when he ushered students and staff back inside as they were leaving at the end of the work day
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — The National Weather Service will send a team on Friday morning to confirm if a tornado touched down Thursday evening in Scott County.
Officials confirmed storm damage in the Norma community around 6:20 p.m. and that homes were destroyed. The damage is near Straight Fork Road.