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Published: January 20, 2020


THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS CONFIRMED TWO TORNADOS TOUCHED DOWN NEAR THE  TENNESSEE ALABAMA STATE LINE ON DECEMBER 16TH AS A POWERFUL LATE WINTER STORM SYSTEM MOVED ACROSS THE TENNESSEE VALLEY. IN LAWRENCE COUNTY, A TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF BUCK BRANCH RD AND PINEY RD WHERE THE FRONT PORCH AND PART OF THE ROOF WAS RIPPED OFF ONE HOUSE AND CAUSED A LARGE FARM OUTBUILDING TO COLLAPSE ON GRANDDADDY RD. THE TORNADO CONTINUED TO DAMAGE AND UPROOT TREES UNTIL IT CROSSED KELSO RD WHERE AN OUTBUILDING SUSTAINED ROOF DAMAGE. THE TORNADO DISSIPATED BEFORE IT REACHED SHOTWELL RD. IN MARSHALL COUNTY A TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN ALONG HATCHET HOLLOW RD AND TRAVELED EASTWARD UPROOTING TREES  AND TREE DAMAGE WAS MORE SIGNIFICANT ALONG YELL RD WHERE A 50 YARD SECTION OF A TREE LINE WAS UPROOTED OR SNAPPED. THE TORNADO COLLAPSED AN OUTBUILDING ON BIVINS RD AND REMOVED A LARGE NUMBER OF SHINGLES ON A HOUSE. A NEARBY METAL CARPORT HAD THE METAL ROOFING AND SIDING REMOVED AS WELL BEFORE THE TORNADO LIFTED PRIOR TO CROSSING MONTE MURREY RD.