New Tazewell Tornado March 24, 2013
7:04 PM EDT



Public Information Statement on the NWS findings

Overview Map of tornado location in relation to New Tazewell, TN
Overview of the track in relation to New Tazewell.

Satellite Zoomed - Old TN-33 is just visible off to the upper left of this image. Click on the triangles aboe to see pictures and information from those points.


Beginning of the path

The track began approximately 1 mile South of New Tazwell at the end of Brentwood Circle (near Russell Road S). A few cedar tree trunks were snapped and the tops of the trees were tossed into an open field. Barbed wire fencing did not allow further investigation from this vantage point.


second photo of tornado damage

This photo was taken off Coffey Road just West of Straight Creek Road looking North. Numerous cedar trees were downed along this hill.


Third photo of tornado damage

The strongest winds probably occurred in this area which was at Straight Creek Road and Love Lane. Two cedar trees trunks were snapped. The image above shows the top of the tree was slammed into the front porch area of this home. Windows were damaged at this residence, as was the front porch. Behind this home a few oak trees were uprooted and an older home had its porch covering removed by the wind.  Luckily no one was injured.


Fourth photo of tornado damage

This image was captured on Straight Creek Road between Allen Street and Ball Creek Road looking South. Again, we saw numerous cedar tree trunks snapped and the tops thrown about the field. There were no other structures located in this area.


Fifth photo of tornado damage

The tornado hit a small line of trees where again, a few more cedar trees were snapped. The top of this tree slammed into a home near the end of Melody Lane. Again, luckily no one was injured.


Sixth photo of tornado damage

This Crape Myrtle tree sustained some damage as the tornado plowed across the Northern/Northwestern portion of the Claiborne County High School track. The kids and staff were on Spring Break. Also...this tornado occurred at just after 7 pm EDT.


Seventh photo of tornado damage

The tornado tossed this empty trailer that was sitting in the Southern most portion of the back parking lot at the high school. It moved about 12 yards from its original position.


Eighth photo of tornado damage

The crumpled up piece of tin (?) against the fence is the top of the trailer (see photo above). It was ripped off the trailer and was hurled into the fence as the tornado was dissipating. The extent of the damage ended just beyond this point. You see a few more cedar trees were either snapped or uprooted at this location.

The National Weather Service would like to thank Claiborne County High School for their security camera video footage that prompted the survey team to investigate further. They have helped us tremendously.


 

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MORRISTOWN TN
1232 PM EDT TUE APR 2 2013 /1132 AM CDT TUE APR 2 2013/

...NWS DAMAGE SURVEY FOR 03/24/13 TORNADO EVENT - UPDATE 1...

.OVERVIEW...A LINE OF THUNDERSTORMS MOVED THROUGH MIDDLE TENNESSEE
AND INTO NORTHEAST TENNESSEE DURING THE EARLY EVENING ON SUNDAY
/03/24/13/. A NWS SURVEY TEAM CONFIRMED A TORNADO WAS EMBEDDED IN
A BOWING LINE SEGMENT THAT MOVED ACROSS THE SOUTHERN PORTIONS OF
NEW TAZEWELL TENNESSEE.

.NEW TAZEWELL TORNADO...

RATING:                 EF-1
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    105 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  1.5 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   35 YARDS
FATALITIES:             0
INJURIES:               0

START DATE:             MARCH 24...2013
START TIME:             7:04 PM EDT
START LOCATION:         1 S NEW TAZEWELL / CLAIBORNE COUNTY / TN
START LAT/LON:          36.4292 / -83.5999

END DATE:               MARCH 24...2013
END TIME:               7:05 PM EDT
END LOCATION:           1.5 SW NEW TAZEWELL / CLAIBORNE COUNTY / TN
END_LAT/LON:            36.4331 / -83.5744

SURVEY_SUMMARY: U.S. NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS SURVEYED
A SHORT TRACK OF TORNADO DAMAGE THAT BEGAN ABOUT ONE MILE SOUTH OF
NEW TAZEWELL TENNESSEE AND ENDED JUST EAST OF THE CLAIBORNE COUNTY
HIGH SCHOOL. THE WIND SPEEDS WERE ESTIMATED TO RANGE FROM 70 MPH TO
105 MPH.

THE NARROW PATH OF DAMAGE CONTAINED NUMEROUS MATURE CEDAR TREE TRUNKS
SNAPPED OR UPROOTED ALONG THE ENTIRE PATH. NO NOTICEABLE ROOF DAMAGE
OCCURRED...HOWEVER...SOME PROPERTY DAMAGE WAS SUSTAINED WHEN TREE TOPS
SLAMMED INTO HOMES OR DOWNED POWER LINES. ONE OF THE BUSES IN THE BACK
PARKING LOT OF THE HIGH SCHOOL HAD ITS WINDOWS BLOWN OUT TOWARD THE END
OF THE TORNADO TRACK.

EF SCALE: THE ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE CLASSIFIES
TORNADOES INTO THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES.

EF0...WEAK......65 TO 85 MPH
EF1...WEAK......86 TO 110 MPH
EF2...STRONG....111 TO 135 MPH
EF3...STRONG....136 TO 165 MPH
EF4...VIOLENT...166 TO 200 MPH
EF5...VIOLENT...>200 MPH

NOTE:
THE INFORMATION IN THIS STATEMENT IS PRELIMINARY AND SUBJECT TO
CHANGE PENDING FINAL REVIEW OF THE EVENT AND PUBLICATION IN
NWS STORM DATA.

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