MORRISTOWN, Tenn. (WJHL) — A tornado briefly touched down in Scott County on Tuesday evening, according to a storm damage assessment by the National Weather Service (NWS).
According to the NWS office in Morristown, an EF1 tornado touched down about a mile south-southeast of Duffield around 5:33 p.m.
It stayed on the ground for about half a mile before it ended about a mile southeast of Duffield around a minute after it touched down, according to the NWS.
“Tornado touched down northwest side of ridge line south of US Highway 23 and ended before crossing the highway. Softwood trees uprooted.NWS Morristown
Tornadoes are classified by the Enhanced Fujita, or EF, scale:
- EF0…Weak……65 to 85 mph
- EF1…Weak……86 to 110 mph
- EF2…Strong….111 to 135 mph
- EF3…Strong….136 to 165 mph
- EF4…Violent…166 to 200 mph
- EF5…Violent…>200 mph
The Duffield tornado had an estimated peak wind speed of 100 mph and was an estimated 30 yards wide.
There were no fatalities or injuries, according to the NWS.
NWS personnel are also conducting a storm damage survey in Pennington Gap to determine if a tornado touched down there as well.
Another EF1 tornado also touched down in Lee County on Tuesday.