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Second Tornado Touchdown Confirmed In Greene County

Saturday, April 30, 2011
by Marty Ricker - News Director


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This map shows the path of the storm that struck southern Greene County.  Each blue flag represents a house that was severely damaged or destroyed.   This is an unofficial map, and there are several more homes that might not be indicated here.  Click on the image to enlarge.



Residents continue cleanup efforts from the tornadoes that struck the southern end of Greene County on Wednesday night.   The National Weather Service now says that there were two tornado touchdowns in Greene County.

The first touched down in the Camp Creek area at 10:56pm Wednesday.  That tornado was rated F-2 with maximum winds of 115 miles per hour.

The second touchdown occurred at 11:03pm in the Horse Creek area.  That tornado was rated F-3 with maximum winds speeds of 150 miles per hour.

The second tornado affected the Horse Creek area and moved into the South Central area of Washington County.

Six people were killed in Greene County, with one death reported in the South Central Community. 

Dead are:

70-year-old Jess Lynn Richesen of 295 Rambo Road;
58-year-old Marty Myers and his wife Brenda, 56, of 215 Rambo Road;
Bessie Lynn Rice of Ricker Road;
Shirley McKinney of Chuckey;
and Gene Harrison of Tabor Road.

Harrison's wife, Sue, was seriously injured and remains in critical condition at the Johnson City Medical Center.  

47-year-old Douglas Penley of Guy Brown Road in the South Central Community of Washington County also died as a result of the severe weather.

Kim Isley of Bishop Loop also suffered serious injuries. Isley was originally taken to Laughlin Memorial Hospital and then transferred to the UT Medical Center in Knoxville. She remains in the intensive care unit this afternoon.

The National Weather Service is calling for a dry weekend, which will help those involved in the cleanup process. 

Many around the community are continuing to offer help to the victims of this week's devastating tornado.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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