National Weather Service United States Department of Commerce


Thomas Yates Road EF-0 Tornado (Blount County)
  March 19, 2018


Event Summary

National Weather Service meteorologists surveyed damage in extreme northern Blount County and determined that the damage was consistent with an EF-0  tornado. The tornado began on the west side of Highway 53/231, just south of Berry Road, in extreme northern Blount County. The tornado tracked toward the southeast, impacting all four chicken houses on the east side of Highway 53/231, just north of Thomas Yates Road. Sections of metal roofing were blown off the buildings. As the tornado continued southeast, some small trees were snapped, along with large branches broken. The tornado ended on the east side of Hopewell Road.

Estimated Maximum Wind:
80 mph
Damage Path Length:
0.93 miles
Maximum Path Width:
100 yards
Approximate Start Point/Time:
1 S Strawberry
at 7:09 pm CDT
Approximate End Point/Time:
2 SSE Strawberry
at 7:11 pm CDT

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 Radar Data & Damage Pictures
Radar Image  

This is an image of the 0.5 degree reflectivity (left) and velocity (right) data from KHTX at  710 pm just after the tornado touched down.



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Chicken House Damage

Chicken House Debris