SPC Stats

Path length: 4.6 miles

Width:  155 yards

Fatalities:  2

Injuries:  0

Rating:  EF3

County:  Polk

This summary looks at a late night twister that moved through parts of Polk County, TN during the November 29-30, 2016 outbreak.  It traveled 4.6 miles from just south of Ocoee to just south of Benton in Polk County.  The estimated max wind speeds was 140 mph (EF-3).   

Near Ocoee, the tornado hit a cell phone tower.  It heavily damaged a post office and some manufactured homes.  In one of those homes, firefighter Mark Faulk and his wife Saundra were killed.  Here is an article from WRCBtv.  The daughter of the couple shares her story about her parents.

Just a note:  The SPC and NCDC do not list injuries with this event.  In the body of the summary from the NWS Morristown, it does state there were 20 injuries.  

Storm Data Entry

The tornado formed south of Ocoee with several large trees snapped.  It strengthened to an EF-2 and moved north northeast and collapsed a cell phone tower.  It quickly increased to an EF-3 and heavily damaged a post office.  Several more buildings were heavily damaged along with some manufactured homes.  Two fatalities occurred in the manufactured housing. Twenty other people were injured in this area.  The tornado weakened to an EF-0 as it moved northeast towards Benton.  It snapped off the tops of a few pine trees.

Tornado Path

SPC coordinates:  Start: 35.1109 / -84.7264     End: 35.1598 / -84.6711

Note:  Exact tornado path may not be straight and/or continuous.

Damage Photo via NWS Morristown

Damage to Ocoee Post Office



Newspaper Clippings

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