EF-1 tornado confirmed in Smith, Wilson Counties

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WILSON COUNTY, Tenn. (WTVF) — National Weather Service officials say an EF-1 tornado hit eastern Wilson County and the western part of Smith County Saturday with winds reaching up to 90 miles per hour.

Officials’ preliminary report states the tornado spun up near Bell Road in far eastern Wilson County where several trees were downed as well as roof and siding damage to a two-story house.

It traveled northeast and hit another house off of Bluebird Road, causing roof damage. It crossed over Interstate 40 where an 18-wheeler was flipped, causing a traffic crash that injured three people.

The tornado also caused damage on North Commerce Road and Dawson Lane as well as Opossum Hollow Road. A lumber mill on Opossum Hollow Road was heavily damaged in the March 3 tornado; so survey crews could not determine if damage was new or from the March tornado.

by Rebekah Pewitt (2020, Apr 26)

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