NWS says tornado had 4.5 mile path

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Officials set up a command center outside a BP station in Blount Co. following Monday night's storms.

GREENBACK, Tenn. (WVLT ) - The National Weather Service says a tornado with a 4.5 mile path touched down in Loudon County, one mile southwest of Highway 95 and 411.

Tim Troutman with the NWS says the winds started out at 80 miles per hour. The tornado moved northeast, and increased to an EF2 when it got to Highway 411.

It continues northeast, peaked at an EF3 with wind speeds around 140 miles per hour. It was here that a 3-story home was destroyed on Ashbrook Lane.

Troutman says the tornado traveled another half mile, lifted from the ground, and dropped to an EF1.

GREENBACK, Tenn. (WVLT ) - The National Weather Service (NWS) says that a tornado with a 4.5 mile path touched down in Loudon County, about a mile southwest of Highway 95 and 411.

Tim Troutman with the NWS says the tornado then moved northeast, increased to an EF2 when it hit Highway 411, and winds picked up to 120 miles per hour.

Troutman says it continues northeast, then peaked to an EF3, destroying a 3-story home on Ashbrook Lane. Winds hit around 140 miles per hour.

After another half miles, the tornado lifted and was an EF1 at that point.

GREENBACK, Tenn. (WVLT ) - Tim Troutman with the National Weather Service has confirmed that Wednesday night's storms did produce a tornado in Greenback.

There's no official word yet on the strength of the tornado, but WVLT Chief Meteorologist David Aldrich believes it may have been an EF3.

Stay tuned to Volunteer TV News and www.volunteertv.com for the latest on this developing story.

GREENBACK, Tenn. (WVLT) - Officials say at least 25 homes have been damaged by last night's strong storms. Some received minor damage, while four or five were completely destroyed.

As of right now, only two people are reported to have received minor injuries.

The damage is spread over several miles, hitting places like Brickmill Road, and up and down Highway 411. Officials say the storm's path was 3 to 4 miles long and half a mile wide.

Blount County Sheriff's Department said TDOT officials are closing highway 72 at 129 and 129 at 411 early Thursday morning after a severe storm damaged areas in the county.

Officials report a tornado possibly touched down in southwest Blount Co. near Old Niles Ferry Rd Wedensday night. The power lines are down and two houses appear to be damaged.

Two shelters are open for anyone needing a place to stay: Dotson Memorial Church on William Blount Avenue or the Pumpkin Center.
The Greenback Community Center was designated as a shelter but was closed due to power outage.

A line of thunderstorms has moved across middle part of the state and into East Tennessee, accompanied by highs winds, heavy rain and hail. Tornado Warnings had been issued for many parts of the area.

A barn was blown down Wednesday evening in Alexandria near the Wilson-DeKalb County line, but otherwise no major damage or injuries were immediately reported.

A tornado warning was posted early Wednesday evening for the Alexandria area 42 miles east of Nashville.

Hail was measured at 1.5 inches in the DeKalb County area.

The storms came as a strong cold front pushed into Tennessee from the Ohio Valley.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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