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Storm survey team confirms tornadoes in Hamilton, Bradley, McMinn

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MORRISTOWN, TN (WRCB) -- A storm survey team from the National Weather Service has continued their assessment of tornado damage that occurred on March 2nd in Hamilton, Bradley and McMinn counties. They have confirmed an EF-3 tornado that touched down in Harrison, swept through Ooltewah and continued into Bradley County.

The tornado was rated an EF-3 with maximum winds of 165 miles per hour after inspection of the damage path when it touched down in Harrison.

The storm tracked 9.3 miles in Hamilton County, then continued into Bradley County for at least another 16.6 miles with a maximum path width of 300 yards.

The storm was an EF-2 with a maximum wind speed of 130 mph while in Bradley County.

A storm survey team has also completed a preliminary assessment of tornado damage that occurred March 2nd in McMinn County in Tennessee.  The tornado there occurred approximately 1.3 miles northwest of Delaney. The tornado was rated as an EF-2 with maximum winds at 130 miles an hour.

And in Cherokee County, North Carolina, a confirmed tornado occurred in Murphy. The tornado was rated as an EF-2 with maximum winds at 120 miles an hour. The tornado produced moderate to major damage to several business and homes.

Further north in Monroe County, another tornado was confirmed near Tellico Plains.  The tornado was rated as an EF-2 with maximum winds at 130 miles per hour. The path was 400 yards wide and was just over 14.6 miles in length. Approximately 30 structures damaged, with a few completely destroyed.

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