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).   

Several large trees were snapped near the start of the path. It quickly strengthened and a cell phone tower collapsed near Ocoee. It strengthened further and 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.

Near the end of the path, there was minor tree damage. 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.

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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