A downburst with wind speeds of 70-75 mph snapped this powerline on Ross Campground road in far eastern Hawkins County Wednesday afternoon.
KINGSPORT - The National Weather Service in Morristown confirmed Thursday that two separate downbursts topping out at 75 mph and 85 mph respectively toppled trees and power lines, and damaged several residences.
At 4:48 p.m. Wednesday a downburst 300 yards wide and a half mile in length with wind speeds of 70-75 mph hit the Ross Campground Raod area of far eastern Hawkins County just north of Allandale.
At 4:58 p.m. Wednesday a downburst measuring 400 yards in width and .35 miles in length, and reaching wind speeds of 80-85 mph hit the Dickerson Road and Clicktown Road area off of Big Elm Road in far eastern Hawkins County just north of Allandale.
Numerous trees and power lines were downed in both neighborhoods, and multiple homes were damages. As of Thursday afternoon several homes in Ross Campground were still without power. Hawkins County EMA director Gary Murrell said 4 people were provided emergency lodgings overnight Wednesday by the Red Cross and another 13 people left to stay with family elsewhere.
Photos are courtesy of Hawkins County EMA assistant director Jamie Miller.
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