The National Weather Service visited Philadelphia, Tenn. Thursday to investigate whether a tornado actually touched down in that area on Wednesday and concluded 85 to 90-mile-an-hour straight-line winds whipped through, not a tornado.
"Based on some of the damage I'm seeing and the trees uprooted, and things like that, I can get a good estimate of how strong the winds were," said Anthony Cavallucci, with NWS in Morristown. "I gather data points, plug them into a GPS, and then I can get a birds eye view of the width of this weather event."
NWS says the total length of damage was a little over a mile long and 700 yards wide in Philadelphia. There were also several pockets of damage in Sweetwater and Madisonville.
Thursday afternoon officials with Loudon County Homeland Security and Emergency Management said their officials numbers showed a total of 105 structures damaged, with nine being destroyed or heavily damaged.
"All power was restored as of 5 p.m. today, and all roads are now back open," said Daryl Smith, Director. "School is back in session tomorrow, and the on-site command post is now closed. The Philadelphia Fire Department will take over clean-up efforts through the weekend."
The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency and local officials said it will take a couple days to determine an exact dollar amount of damage.
Thursday residents continued to clean-up debris that littered their yards, and uprooted trees could be spotted across the area, including one that fell directly into a home near the Loudon-Monroe County Line.
"Five people live here, and four were home. It was scary, but they're safe and staying with me and we're just glad no one got hurt," said a relative.
The storms cut power to dozens of people living in the Philadelphia area. Thursday six residents remained without power for most of the day, compared to dozens of residents who were in the dark following the storms.
"We got our power back on Wednesday night, and today we've just finished up cleaning up the trees," said Ryan Queen, who lives on Elm Street, not far from the command post. "The walnut tree got blew over and hit the roof spot there. And then we had two pines , one cut at the very top, and one broke at the very base, and hit the neighbor's house, so it was just trees everywhere."
The power outages also forced Philadelphia Elementary School to cancel class on Thursday, but school will resume Friday.