National Weather Service Surveys Storm Damage

Posted at 10:47 PM, Mar 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-01 23:47:00-05

The National Weather Service surveyed damage throughout Middle Tennessee on Wednesday after strong storms and tornadoes passed through the area.

NewsChannel 5 tagged along as a survey crew checked the damage in Williamson County, where the crew was working to determine whether a tornado was to blame for damage, or if it was just straight-line winds. 

“One of the ways that you can tell that it’s a tornado is insulation is on different sides of the buildings," said Krissy Hurley, warning coordination meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Nashville. 

It was determined that the starting point of the storm was in the Monticello area, with damage stretching all the way to Cool Springs Galleria. 

“We want to see what direction the damage is in. With straight-line winds, all of the damage will be in the same direction and that’s what we saw in Western Williamson County," Hurley explained. "When it’s a tornado, the damage will be in different directions. A tree may be facing north, a outbuilding may be blown to the southeast, and that’s what we’re really keen off of to determine whether it’s a tornado or not.” 

It was determined that the damage in Williamson County was caused by an EF-1 tornado.

No individuals reported any serious injuries as a result of the tornado, and most of the damage was done to trees in the area, with some structures experiencing damage as well.