NWS: EF-2 tornado touched down in Fayetteville

The tornado snapped power poles, lifted cars and damaged homes.
Published: Mar. 25, 2023 at 2:29 AM CDT
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FAYETTEVILLE, Tenn. (WSMV) - The National Weather Service in Huntsville confirmed Saturday an EF-2 tornado touched down in Fayetteville, Tennessee on Friday night.

The confirmation comes after an NWS storm damage survey. The NWS says the tornado formed over Amana Avenue, which caused minor roof and shingle damage to single-family homes. The tornado then tracked due east into the fairgrounds, where it uplifted reinforced roofing to horse stalls and destroyed a large outdoor shed, according to the NWS storm survey report.

It later rolled a large horse trailer, snapped power poles, lifted cars, blew out windows and damaged Lincoln Medical Center.

Lincoln Heath said in a statement the hospital sustained mild structural damage during the storms. Administrative staff has ensured that all patients, visitors and staff were safe.

Emergency officials said businesses in Lincoln County also received damage. A Goodyear on Main Street and a roofing company on Hedgemont Avenue reportedly sustained the most damages.

The damage to homes was mild to moderate, according to officials. The tornado had peak winds of 118 miles per hour and was on the ground for nearly four miles.