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Photo Gallery | Pictures from Storm Survey in Jefferson County

From John Robinson of the National Weather Service:

We called this a severe thunderstorm with maximum winds of 75 to 85 mph.  The debris showed no signs of rotation, nor was any debris sent any great distance.  Except for three residences (and cars that trees fell on) in the 13700 block of Highway 365 (north of White Hall or just south of Samples), virtually everything else was tree damage.

The pictures were taken along the aforementioned part of Highway 365.

In the recent training that we had in which dual-polarization radar showed a possible debris signature but no tornado damage was found, it was speculated that there might have been enough rotation aloft to pull leaves, needles, and other very light debris aloft.  Perhaps that's what happened here, due to the numerous pine trees in Jefferson County, and the fact that virtually the first thing the storm went through was a grove of pine trees.

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