Severe storms that left large hail and high wind damage hit the southern half of the listening area late yesterday afternoon (Saturday, March 17, 2018) into the evening hours. The first storm cell struck Van Buren County and left a statement after covering Fall Creek Falls Golf Course with nickel to quarter size hail causing the temperature to drop 20 degrees in minutes. The same cell tracked into Bledsoe County leaving quarter to half-dollar size hail just south of Pikeville. More storms developed and gained strength pushing east. In Meigs County just south of Decatur, weather officials say it hailed for 10 straight minutes. Loudon and Blount counties reported quarter size hail and golf ball hail was noted in Polk County. The storm cells also produced at least three funnel clouds, two in the Etowah/Cleveland area and one near Maryville. The National Weather Service is calling for a greater risk of severe weather for tomorrow (Monday, March 19, 2018) afternoon. Stay tuned to 105.7 The Hog for live updates from staff meteorologist Steve Norris. (Picture of funnel cloud used this story courtesy of Jada Pritchett)
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Storm cell in Bradley County producing quarter to half dollar size hail. Picture taken by Scott Humphrey 105.7 News.