May 9th as the most intense cores went across the county. They are 4-panels showing Reflectivity (upper left), Velocity (upper right), Correlation Coefficient (where debris signatures can be seen / lower left) and Rotational velocity (lower right). NWS

(Cleveland)- The National Weather Service has issued a statement regarding the May 9, 2024 storms that rolled through White County, that caused some damage resulting in numerous power outages.

Don Strength, White County Public Safety Division Chief said Dave Nadler Warning Coordination Meteorologist with the National Weather Service Peachtree City reported to local officials Tuesday that, after looking back at radar along with the damage pictures submitted by public safety officials especially those along Highway 115 east between Duncan Bridge Road/Gerrells and Lotheridge Road area, Nadler said, “ I think you had a good thunderstorm wind event.”

Nadler said radar velocities showed a fairly wide swath of 65+ MPH winds moving across the area.  According to Nadler, there’s no definitive indication of a circulation/tornado but that doesn’t mean there wasn’t a brief spin-up embedded within the broader severe wind swath.

“Wind velocities across Hwy 129 near Camp Coleman and Kellum Valley were even stronger, 70+ MPH aloft, as the storms hit that area first,” noted Nadler.