Tornado damages homes near Dyersburg
MEMPHIS (AP) — A tornado was spotted in northwest Tennessee and hail and thunderstorm damage was reported as a line of storms moved east across the Mississippi Valley. There were no injuries.
The National Weather Service said the tornado was spotted Tuesday afternoon east of Dyersburg moving northeast.
The Dyersburg State Gazette reported a string of homes north of Halls were damaged shortly before 3 p.m. A barn was destroyed and some power lines were down, but the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency said there was no widespread damage.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol reported the tornado touched down along Bruceville Slab Road, near the Dyer-Lauderdale county line, but dissipated.
Judy Adams was in the rear of her home north of Halls when she heard “things starting to get noisy” and walked to the front of the house.
Seconds later, she said the tornado tore the back from the house and scattered shingles, lumber and furniture. The front door was ripped from the frame, leaving a large hole in the front of the house.
“It was the loudest boom I think I’ve heard,” Adams told the newspaper. “Just look at this. Terrible.”
A Forked Deer Electric Cooperative team started assessing the damage after the storm passed.
Tuesday evening, parts of Middle Tennessee were under a tornado watch, meaning conditions were favorable for a twister.
Strong thunderstorms were moving 60 mph with winds expected up to 50 mph. Published in The Messenger 1.9.08