Storm clouds over Maryville

Storm clouds form over Maryville on Friday. The National Weather Service said that two tornadoes touched down in Blount County.

Storms that passed over Eastern Tennessee on Friday afternoon kept local residents busy cleaning up a mess.

Two small tornadoes touched down in Blount County on Friday afternoon, tangling trees and tossing debris.

“There wasn’t too much damage,” Blount County Highway Department superintendent Jeff Headrick said.

Dave Hotz, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service’s Morristown bureau, said the first touched down about seven miles north of Maryville, near Louisville, around 3:40 p.m. Friday.

“It had peak winds of about 40 to 60 miles per hour,” or an F0 on the Fujita scale, Hotz said. “It damaged several small trees and tree limbs. The second touched down about three miles southeast of Maryville, with peak winds of about 80 miles per hour. It damaged trees and limbs, and tore a few shingles off of a few homes.”

NWS officials hadn’t heard reports of any funnels around 4 p.m. Friday, when local dispatchers began getting calls from residents as some uploaded photos of a small funnel cloud on social media, but did acknowledge that stud clouds that are associated with tornado activity may have been present over the region.

Hotz said more rain is expected today and Monday, mostly in the afternoon and evening.

“By Tuesday it should start to dry out,” Hotz said.

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