Storm damage

Saturday morning’s storm ripped some of the tin from Tom Chandler’s barn on Whitehead Road in New Market. – STEVE MARION | THE STANDARD BANNER

An unusual winter thunderstorm downed trees and took out electric power to over a thousand Jefferson County homes and businesses Saturday evening.

Fueled by temperatures that reached a record-setting 79 degrees in Dandridge Saturday afternoon, the storm barreled through the Tennessee Valley, creating an EF-0 tornado in Claiborne County and 40 to 50 miles per hour winds and driving rain elsewhere.

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