Storm damages home, trees
by GREG KAYLOR Banner Staff Writer
May 28, 2014 | 1018 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
 TREETOPS were twisted off in an area of Keith Valley Road Monday, and local officials are pondering if it was possibly a small tornado.
TREETOPS were twisted off in an area of Keith Valley Road Monday, and local officials are pondering if it was possibly a small tornado.
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Cleveland-Bradley County Emergency Management Agency officials are expected to contact the National Weather Service in Morristown after reports of a possible tornado touchdown in southern Bradley County.

According to Troy Spence, CBCEMA director, his office was notified Tuesday that trees and treetops were destroyed, and at least one structure suffered minor damage.

Guttering was damaged at a home on Keith Valley Road near Mikel Road. Trees were either downed or tops appeared to be twisted from them, according to Spence.

Coincidentally, just weeks ago, the same area was hit with a brief EF-0 tornado was spawned by a severe thunderstorm.

Again, only one home sustained damage, but the damage to a number of trees led NWS officials from Atlanta to determine an EF-0 tornado had developed in Georgia, crossed the Tennessee border along Keith Valley Road, striking a home and moving it off its foundation.

Spence said the home affected during Monday’s severe pop-up storm was approximately five miles from the Tennessee-Georgia border, traveling north/northeast on Keith Valley Road.

“Severe thunderstorms in our area are expected to continue to pop up on occasion,” Spence said.

He added residents should continue to keep an eye to the sky and monitor conditions of impending storms.

“We have a number of awareness and warning systems in place. NIXLE is one of our best tools. Visit www.bradleyco.net and click on the EMA link to sign up for this free service,” Spence said.

n Tennessee Highway Patrol will be conducting Driver’s License Roadside Safety Checkpoints in Bradley County, and upcoming Sobriety Checkpoints in Polk County.

The checkpoints will be set up in random locations in the county.

According to THP officials, checkpoints are an effective means of recognizing the dangers presented to the driving public by motorists who would violate the laws of the state.

All scheduled checkpoints are contingent upon weather conditions and manpower availability.