NWS says tornado had 4.5 mile path

Officials say at least 25 homes have been damaged by last night(View Exclusive SkyCam Footage)' />

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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  • by Brandy Location: Greenback on Mar 25, 2011 at 12:45 PM
    Survivor....are you kidding me??lol!! The tornado hit in an L shape about a mile around me. It was a good thing the weather man kept repeating itself...when I changed to the news, all i heard was that it was right beside me, then our power was out. IF they hadn't repeated imagine how many lives could have been lost! Some of us worry about living our lives, not so much watching others live theirs on T.v. (survivor....And thank the Lord for watching over our little town.
  • by Ellen Location: Greenback on Mar 25, 2011 at 12:35 PM
    I should stop looking at comments. It is so nice to know that while my family was huddled together and praying for our lives that there were actually people out there that were only concerned about there show. Amazing. At least I know one thing - God will never turn his back on us and if he had not his hand on this community there would have been much more destruction in the form of lost lives.
  • by Kayla Location: Knoxville, TN on Mar 25, 2011 at 12:16 AM
    Why are some people so selfish. I mean it is a dangerous situation to gamble with. I am praying for the people that this effected. Someone's life is more important than a STUPID reality show. Get that through your thick head!!! =\
  • by jake Location: greenback on Mar 24, 2011 at 11:03 PM
    Thanks for all the reports,it saved many peoples lives. I for one was at Campaigners (A christian bible study/hangout) when it happened and the tornado went right past the Counts' house. Not even the basketballs were moved off their porch. granted we were stuck there all night, it could have been worse
  • by Jerry Location: Greenback on Mar 24, 2011 at 10:38 PM
    Actually the junk yard / body shop looks better now. And survivor was more interesting than the weather man going um, um ,um... They need to get someone professional to present the news that knows what they're talking about. My wife just told me we were watching 10, so maybe 8 wasn't as bad.
  • by Theresa Location: Greenback on Mar 24, 2011 at 09:37 PM
    I am a 25 year resident of Greenback and thanks to all of you supporting the residents of Greenback. Thank goodness we had the warning and could be prepared. Praying for the people that dont have homes tonight not for the ones that missed Survivor, really?? God Bless our wonderful community of Greenback.
  • by shawn Location: GREENBACK on Mar 24, 2011 at 04:17 PM
    First of all thank you for all the prayers. As for these people who have commented about the breaks in the show survivor, these tv stations are not just there for your entertainment. They have news updates for this kind of emergency. Not that this comes anywhere close to the disaster in NYC on 9/11 but did you turn away from your tv then did you ask for programming then? Just because its not on the same scale doesn't make it any less important to those who were effected. Some people really need to grow up and realize its not all about them.
  • by shawn Location: GREENBACK on Mar 24, 2011 at 04:17 PM
    First of all thank you for all the prayers. As for these people who have commented about the breaks in the show survivor, these tv stations are not just there for your entertainment. They have news updates for this kind of emergency. Not that this comes anywhere close to the disaster in NYC on 9/11 but did you turn away from your tv then did you ask for programming then? Just because its not on the same scale doesn't make it any less important to those who were effected. Some people really need to grow up and realize its not all about them.
  • by Sarah Location: Maryville on Mar 24, 2011 at 01:04 PM
    The weather man was doing his job and may have saved a life if somebody in one the homes that was hit took the warning seriously and sought shelter due to his report.
  • by Pink Lady on Mar 24, 2011 at 11:39 AM
    Are you people crazy??? There was a tornado that destroyed several homes and businesses and all you can think about is Survivor??? What about the "real" survivors that now have to literally pick up pieces and re-build their lives. Get a grip on reality and stop watching so called reality shows. They are rigged. My thoughts and prayers go out to folks in Greenback. I have family there. Thank you Lord. They are safe.
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