TEMA: Damage assessments, debris clearing underway after tornadoes

(Photo: WKRN)
(Photo: WKRN)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) says damage assessment and the clearing of debris are underway Thursday.

Several counties were hit hard by severe storms overnight Tuesday, and the National Weather Service (NWS) confirmed multiple tornadoes touched down.

PHOTOS: Tennessee, Alabama storm damage

Crews are working to restore electricity to everyone affected by the weather. As of Thursday morning, power outages stood at 6,861 across multiple counties.

TEMA says there are no firm numbers on exact damage overall at this time.

Here is a breakdown of damage county-by-county from officials:

  • Bradley County: Local officials report damage in some areas, still under assessment. No reports of weather-related injuries. Bradley County EMA is also assisting in Polk County.
  • Coffee County: The NWS says Coffee County had two (2), EF1 tornados the night of Nov. 29. One, EF1 was located southeast of Manchester with winds of 105 mph. Another EF1 was west of Tullahoma, also with 105 mph maximum winds.
  • Marion County: Local officials report five homes damaged, with one destroyed, in the Alvin York Highway area. Two people also received minor injuries. The NWS confirms one (1) EF2 tornado impacted Marion County (and moved into Sequatchie County) with peak winds at 125 mph.
  • Meigs County: An area near Georgetown sustained damage and officials are still surveying impact.
  • McMinn County: The Deerfield Estates Community in Athens was hit by one (1) EF2 tornado with maximum winds of 135 mph. Damage assessments continue in the county today.
  • Polk County: There are 2 confirmed, storm-related fatalities in Polk County, where one (1) EF3 tornado, damaged 20 homes and destroyed the Ocoee community’s U.S. Post Office. All major routes into Polk County are currently open. The NWS says the Polk County EF3 tornado had a peak wind speed of 14 mph.
  • Sequatchie County: The Cartwright/New Hope area sustained damage, which is still under assessment.

The Tennessee Department of Military, Tennessee Highway Patrol, Tennessee State Parks, and Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency are supporting the severe weather mission.

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