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PHOTOS: Possible tornado cited in Scott County storm damage

April 28th, 2014 5:22 pm by Wes Bunch

PHOTOS: Possible tornado cited in Scott County storm damage

A damaged trailer in Scott County.

Updated at 11:45 p.m.

A line of strong storms tore through Southwest Virginia and Northeast Tennessee on Monday afternoon with high winds and heavy rain that downed trees and power lines in several counties and caused major damage to at least one residence.

Authorities in Scott County said a mobile home on Mabe-Stanleytown Road in the Sunbright community near Duffield had its roof torn off by high winds.

Scott County emergency officials said they believe the damage was caused by a small tornado.

The possible tornado also caused a box trailer attached to a truck to topple onto its side. The truck and trailer were also located on Mabe-Stanleytown Road.

Scott County E-911 said an incident of high winds blowing away a dog kennel in the Midway area also was reported.

The National Weather Service in Morristown could not confirm Monday night if a tornado had touched down, but did say it was investigating the report.

A NWS forecaster said it could be at least today before investigators are able to determine if a tornado or straight-line winds caused damage to the home in Scott County.

Forecasters with the NWS said winds as high as 65 mph were recorded Monday afternoon in Lee County, although it's possible higher wind speeds occurred in localized areas but were not measured.

The power lines downed by high winds caused several thousand residents in both Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia to loose power for several hours Monday.

At one point, Appalachian Power reported nearly 1,700 customers in Sullivan County without power and another 1,300 customers in Scott County that lacked service.

While the residence near Duffield in Scott County received the most extensive damage Monday, the effects of the high winds brought on by the severe storms could be seen throughout the area.

In Wise County, winds downed a large tree that landed on multiple cars, while Lee County E-911 said received multiple reports of minor damage to homes caused by the storms.

Downed trees and power lines were also reported in multiple areas around Jonesville and Pennington Gap.


DUFFIELD — Authorities in Scott County believe a small tornado is responsible for blowing the roof off a home and downing multiple trees and powerlines in the Duffield area.

There are also reports of storm damage in Sullivan County in the area of Sullivan Gardens Parkway and in Kingsport with traffic lights out and some power lines down.

Appalachian Power is reporting 1,677 customers in Sullivan County without power and 1,267 customers in Scott County without power.

The damage was reported to Scott County Central Dispatch around 4:30 p.m. Monday at a trailer located on Mabe-Stanleytown Road.

Authorities said they believe the damage was caused when a small tornado tore through the area. Multiple downed trees and power lines in the vicinity of the damaged residence were also reported.

In addition to that incident, dispatch said wind damage was also reported at a dog kennel located in the Midway community of Scott County.

Monday's severe storms were also felt in Wise and Lee counties, with downed trees and power lines being reported in both locations.

Southwest Virginia and Northeast Tennessee were placed under a severe thunderstorm warning for much of the afternoon Monday as the inclement weather moved toward the region.

A tornado watch was also issued for Sullivan County and surrounding areas.

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