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Straight-line winds, not tornado, caused damage in Philadelphia, TN

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Volunteers help clean up a Philadelphia, TN, resident's home on Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, after a heavy storm blew through the area. Photo by Saul Young/News Sentinel Volunteers help clean up a Philadelphia, TN, resident's home on Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, after a heavy storm blew through the area. Photo by Saul Young/News Sentinel
PHILADELPHIA, TN (News Sentinel) - Fast-moving damaging winds and not a tornado struck this Loudon County community on Wednesday.

The National Weather Service determined straight-line winds caused the destruction, according to Daryl Smith, the Loudon County Emergency Management Agency director.

The winds were estimated at 85 mph and damaged 80 to 100 structures when they plowed through about 3 p.m. The gusts and bursts of the winds were generated by a severe thunderstorm.

A “couple” of houses remain uninhabitable, but no injuries were reported.

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