Damage Survey from Fentress County - February 11, 2009


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Fentress County Tornado:

Location / Time of event: Fentress County, 2/11/09 2:03-2:04 pm
Beginning Point: 2.6 SW Camp Grounds
Ending Point: 2.2 WSW Camp Grounds
Rating: EF1 maximum estimated wind speed at 90 mph
Path Length: 1/2 mile
Maximum Width: 50 to 75 yds
Fatalities: 0
Injuries: 0
KML Data File: Fentress_County_Tornado_021109

Summary of Damages:

...EF1 TORNADO TOUCHDOWN CONFIRMED IN FENTRESS COUNTY...

AN ASSESSMENT TEAM CONSISTING OF NWS AND FENTRESS COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT PERSONNEL SURVEYED DAMAGE TODAY IN THE FAR SOUTHWESTERN PORTION OF FENTRESS COUNTY. THE TEAM DETERMINED THAT AN EF1 TORNADO WITH MAXIMUM WINDS NEAR 90 MPH WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DAMAGE.

THE INITIAL TOUCHDOWN WAS NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF LITTLE HURRICANE TRAIL AND HIGHWAY 62. THE DAMAGE PATH FROM THE TORNADO CONTINUED FOR APPROXIMATELY 1/2 OF A MILE TO THE NORTHEAST. THE DAMAGE PATH WAS BETWEEN 50 AND 75 YARDS WIDE. BASED ON RADAR THE TORNADO LIKELY TOUCHED DOWN AROUND 205 PM AND WAS ON THE GROUND FOR A MINUTE OR LESS.

DOZENS OF PINE TREES...AND A FEW HARDWOOD TREES...WERE SNAPPED OR UPROOTED. ONE RESIDENCE HAD A SMALL PORTION OF ROOF PEELED BACK. TWO TREES FELL ON AUTOMOBILES AND ANOTHER FELL ON AND HEAVILY DAMAGED AN OUTBUILDING.

OTHER DAMAGE...INCLUDING ROOF DAMAGE TO AN ABANDONED CAR WASH AND A LARGE TREE WHICH FELL ON AN OCCUPIED VEHICLE...WAS SURVEYED AROUND CLARKRANGE. STRAIGHT LINE WINDS WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DAMAGE IN THESE LOCATIONS.

SUMMARY...

STRENGTH...EF1 MAX WINDS NEAR 90 MPH

PATH LENGTH...0.52 MILE

WIDTH...50 TO 75 YDS

TOUCHDOWN TIME...205 PM BASED ON RADAR

BEGIN LAT/LON...36.15546 -85.08513

END LAT/LON... 36.16280 -85.08290

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TOM JOHNSTONE/MICHAEL DAVIS
NWS NASHVILLE


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