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Hail and High Water: Cosby slammed by storm

LEFT:High storm water runoff backed up in Indian Hills after Thursday afternoon's
thunderstorms. The water, which drains from various developments off of Highway 321,
backed up into the yard of Maurice Shults located at the corner of Buckingham Drive and
Cambridge Drive in Newport.

RIGHT: With trees down all around, the Moore home escaped any damage during the 4 p.m.
storm that some people think may have been a twister or small tornado. This has not been

You can see more storm damage photos on pages 10-11A in the June 15-16 edition of the
Newport Plain Talk.
Published: 8:44 PM, 06/14/2013 Last updated: 9:11 PM, 06/14/2013

Author: David Popiel
Source: The Newport Plain Talk

COSBY-The National Weather Service in Morristown confirmed Friday afternoon that winds measuring 70 to 75 miles-per-hour caused extensive damage in Cosby, but there was not a clear path indicating a tornado touched down.

George Matthews, Chief Meteorologist with the NWS in Morristown, said a NWS team surveyed the area Friday, and determined there was rotation with the storm, calling it a super-cell.

"There was a lot of damage in the Cosby area, especially in Cosby Campground and the Laurel Springs Road area," said Matthews. "While there was a confirmed tornado that touched down in Sevier County, the storm that passed through Cosby had rotation but was not a tornado."

Matthews explained that enhanced winds struck Laurel Springs Road, particularly behind Laurel Springs Christian Church, but the surveyors could not see a definite tornadic path. 

For more details, please see the weekend edition of the Newport Plain Talk.

NPT Staff Reporters Duay O'Neil and Katie Pittser also contributed to this story.

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