published Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

Weather Service tracking tornado, storm path to Chattanooga area

William Hart stands next to the only remaining corner of his home on Aster Avenue in Tiftonia on Wednesday after strong storms came through the area, causing widespread damage. He huddled with his 3-year-old son, Liam Hart, until the storms passed.
William Hart stands next to the only remaining corner of his home on Aster Avenue in Tiftonia on Wednesday after strong storms came through the area, causing widespread damage. He huddled with his 3-year-old son, Liam Hart, until the storms passed.

National Weather Service officials are surveying damage in Bradley and Hamilton counties this afternoon to determine if one or more long-track tornadoes were the culprit for damages reported from Dade County, Ga., to Charleston and Calhoun in Bradley County.

Tim Troutman, warning coordination meteorologist with the weather service’s Morristown office, said damage he was seeing in Bradley County was clearly tornadic.

“It looks like from the damage I’ve seen so far that it was definitely a tornado,” he said.

What remains to be seen is whether other damages that began in Dade County and recurred in Hamilton County’s Lookout Mountain, St. Elmo, Chattanooga, Birchwood and Georgetown also were caused by a tornado and perhaps the same tornado.

Contact Pam Sohn at psohn@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6346.

about Pam Sohn...

Pam Sohn has been reporting or editing Chattanooga news for 25 years. A Walden’s Ridge native, she began her journalism career with a 10-year stint at the Anniston (Ala.) Star. She came to the Chattanooga Times Free Press in 1999 after working at the Chattanooga Times for 14 years. She has been a city editor, Sunday editor, wire editor, projects team leader and assistant lifestyle editor. As a reporter, she also has covered the police, ...

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Cyborgx37 said...

I've seen some rough storms come through St. Elmo, but I've never seen so many large trees come down in such a short period of time. When I left for work at 8:30, everything looked normal. When I came home to check on things at 11:00, there were probably a dozen trees down that I could see - in the road or on houses. They weren't broken so much as pushed over, roots and all.

April 27, 2011 at 3:16 p.m.
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