National Weather Service United States Department of Commerce


Spunky Hollow Rd EF-1 Tornado (Blount Co)
  March 31, 2016


Event Summary

National Weather Service meteorologists surveyed damage in southern Blount County just south of Locust Fork and determined that the damage was consistent with an EF-1 tornado. Maximum winds were estimated to be around 90 mph.

The tornado was very briefly on the ground near the intersection of Spunky Hollow Road and Sunrise Lane just south of Locust Fork. A metal storage barn with wood framing was heavily damaged and the intact roof was lofted nearly 50 yards. Additionally, a dozen softwood trees were uprooted and/or snapped in this area of damage. A brick home sustained only minor roof damage. Another home in the path sustained minor roof damage and a small pontoon boat was lofted into the side of the home. On the left edge of the path, a single family home suffered the loss of some roofing materials and windows broken by debris. Another dozen softwoods were uprooted and/or snapped with several hardwoods also uprooted. The tornado lifted just northeast of Sunrise Lane.

Estimated Maximum Wind:
90 mph
Damage Path Length:
0.32 miles
Maximum Path Width:
275 yards
Approximate Start Point/Time:
at 942 pm
Approximate End Point/Time:
at 944 pm




Reflectivity (left) and velocity (right) as the tornado touched down.
Images are from KBMX at 942 pm.


  Shed damage

Tree damage