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Scott storm damage not caused by tornado, NWS says

May 1st, 2014 8:16 pm by Wes Bunch

Scott storm damage not caused by tornado, NWS says

High winds tore the roof from this mobile home in the Sunbright community. David Grace photo.

DUFFIELD — A preliminary investigation carried out in Scott County by the National Weather Service has ruled out the possibility that a tornado caused damage near Duffield earlier this week.

According to a report released by NWS-Morristown, thunderstorm winds that peaked between 70-75 mph were responsible for damaging a home, a box trailer and downing several trees and power lines along Mabe-Stanleytown Road in Scott County's Sunbright community.

The damage area was estimated to be just over a half-mile long and roughly 70 yards wide.

Initial reports by Scott County officials attributed the damage to a possible small tornado.

Emergency responders were dispatched just before 4 p.m. Monday to a trailer on Mabe-Stanleytown Road that had its roof blown off by the storm's winds.

No injuries were reported in the incident.

The storm also reportedly blew over a box trailer attached to a truck that was located on the same stretch of road.

An NWS meteorologist that surveyed the damage said the storm managed to uproot several trees and snap the tops off others in the vicinity of the damaged residence.

Other homes in the area suffered damaged shingles, or had trees with snapped limbs, due to the high winds.

The severe weather was part of a system of storms that brought heavy rains, lightning, high winds and in some instances, hail, to large portions of Southwest Virginia and Northeast Tennessee.

NWS forecasters said the agency received reports of damage stretching from just west of Knoxville all the way north to Wise County.

NWS data showed wind gusts of 65 mph recorded in Lee County at one point Monday.

The storms also brought rainfall totals ranging from over 2 inches in some parts of Southwest Virginia to approximately an inch in areas of Sullivan County.

Several thousand people were left without power in both Scott and Sullivan counties Monday night due to the storm damage.

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