(C)2013 NPT PHOTO BY SETH BUTLER
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.
(c)2013 NPT PHOTO BY DAVID POPIEL
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
"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.
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
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