Marshall County hit with EF0 Tornado

Wednesday, March 15, 2017
The Belfast area was hit hard by an EF0 tornado, as evidenced by this debris-strewn pasture.
Tribune photo by Jay Langston

National Weather Service investigators confirmed what many already suspected on Friday—a tornado struck Marshall County during the overnight storms last week.

Based on evidence on the ground, NWS said that an EF-0 tornado moved through the Belfast area on an eastward path to the Bedford County line.

Winds were estimated to reach close to 80 miles per hour.

An EF-0 is the lowest rank of the Fujita Scale, used to measure the strength of tornados.

The storm tracked eastward, late Thursday night and early Friday morning, along the line of Mooresville Highway and Fayetteville Highway.

From the Mooresville area heading east, 70 to 80 mph sustained, widespread straight-line winds were in evidence,

Reaching the southern parts of Lewisburg, in the Fox Lane and Green Valley Drive areas, investigators suspect 90 to 95 mph straight-line winds.

Steve Calahan, director of the Marshall County Emergency Management Agency, reported that roughly 50 homes in the county suffered some sort of damage, although damage to barns and outbuildings, especially in the Belfast area, was much more widespread.

No injuries were reported as a result of the storm.

The storms also contributed indirectly to a train accident on Friday afternoon as well.

A bucket truck carrying a telephone pole that had been replaced was crossing the CSX line where it meets Hobo Shaw Road off of Cornersville Highway and a southbound train struck the end of the pole that was hanging over the rail line, shattering it.