The National Weather Service (NWS) has confirmed that a tornado touched down just a short distance from the High Country. The tornado, on Friday May 12, briefly touched down in Shady Valley, which is just over an hour away from Boone.
Below is a statement from NWS and videos from WCYB-TV Meteorologist Ricky Matthews.
“This was a very small and brief tornado that remained on the ground for less than 8 minutes and 250 yards while causing widespread roof damage to two homes, as well as completely destroying two sheds and a carport structure. Everyone interviewed stated that the system was rain shielded thereby not allowing anyone an opportunity to witness it. Storm moved almost due east dropping out of the Holston Mountains and into the valley floor below where the brief EF-0 spun up before falling apart into a straight line wind event with estimated winds of 50-70 mph for another 1/4 mile. The straight line winds also caused some minor roof damage as well as completely destroying an aging barn.”
Estimated Peak Wind: 80 mph
Path Length /Statute/: 0.15 miles or 250 yards
Path Width /Maximum/: 40 yards
Start Date: 05/12/2017
Start Time: 02:30 PM EDT
Start Location: Unincorporated Town Of Shady Valley TN
Start Lat/Lon: 36.5211/-81.9314
End Date: 05/12/2017
End Time: 02:38 PM EDT
End Location: Unincorporated Town Of Shady Valley TN
End Lat/Lon: 36.5208/-81.9291
Videos from WCYB-TV Meteorologist Ricky Matthews