Volume 53, Number 21

fourteen pages

Byrdstown, Tennessee 38549 -- Thursday, May 26, 2016

Devastating storms miss Pickett County

By: AMANDA HILL BOND, Publisher


The Upper Cumberland was hit hard with deadly storms Wednesday, February 29th and Friday, March 2nd where three people were killed and many homes were damaged or destroyed.
Pickett County Schools were scheduled to close at 12 on Friday due to the severity of the upcoming weather that was supposed to arrive later in the evening. However, at around 9:30 a.m. storms had already formed and caused local tornado warnings where both the K-8 and high school went into lockdown before the early dismissal. Pickett County had several tornado warnings during the evening but were spared from damaging winds and hail.
The Weather Channel had predicted North East Tennessee with a TOR:CON value at 8, which meant our area had a high probability of tornadoes. Some weather forecasters were also predicting Friday's storms to be like the middle Tennessee tornado outbreak in 1974 which killed 50 people.
The worst Upper Cumberland county hit was Jackson in the Dodson Branch community, where it was reported an F2 tornado damaged over 50 homes.
If you would like to volunteer or donate items or funds for those in Jackson County, call 1-931-268-4819, for Overton County, call 1-931-403-3638. Items needed will include non-perishable foods, clothing, tarps and furniture.

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