Emergency management officials are convinced a tornado touched down in Cumberland County Sunday evening.

"I'm pretty sure that's what we had. The National Weather Service is coming Tuesday to do an assessment. By looking at the damage I would say it was a high F0 or possibly an F1," said Cumberland County Emergency Management Agency Director Keith Garrison.

In a press release Sunday night the agency stated at "approximately 5:15 p.m. C.D.T.  a weather system produced a tornado which touched down in Cumberland County causing property damage, uprooted trees, downed power lines, and damage to homes and vehicles," according to Lt. Gary Howard of the Cumberland County Sheriff's Department.

According to the National Weather Service Dopplar Radar had indicated a tornado at 5:21 seven miles southwest of Crossville and the county remained under a tornado warning until 5:45.

Garrison said the areas mainly damaged by the storm are roughly five miles southwest of Crossville in and around the Laurelwood and Sherwood Farms subdivisions.

Garrison said the soft ground from all of the recent rain also played a part in the amount of trees that had fallen.

There were no reports of personal injuries.

"There are a lot of trees down, poles and wires down. Most of that area is still without power this morning," Garrison said Monday morning.

At the peak outage period there were roughly 750 customers Sunday night without power. On Monday by noon that number was down to about 25, according to Volunteer Energy Cooperative Service Area Superintendent Robin Hall.

Hall said the remaining should be on within 24 hours and added there were seven VEC utility poles broken in the storm.

In other areas, Highway 70 N., just south of Plateau Rd. was completely closed because dirt and gravel underneath the highway was washed away from all the rain that has fallen over the past few days, causing the street to collapse.

According to Crossville Meteorologist Steve Norris, 5 inches of rainfall have fallen in Crossville and Cumberland County over the past few days.

A shelter was set up at the Lantana Church of Christ for anyone who needed assistance Sunday. Garrison said it was staffed by a joint effort involving the Salvation Army and Red Cross.

"We didn't have anyone who needed to use the shelter, though," Garrison said.

Damage assessment teams were out Monday morning to complete a survey of the damaged area.

Everyone is requested to stay clear of the damaged areas to allow emergency personnel to do their jobs without possible interference.

For several additional storm damage photos, visit our Web site at www.crossville-chronicle.com.

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