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Weather Service says straight-line winds caused Kingsport damage

September 7th, 2011 10:05 am by Kevin Castle

KINGSPORT — Straight-line winds from a thunderstorm on Saturday were confirmed to be the cause of thousands of dollars in damage around Kingsport, a National Weather Service report said Tuesday.

A destructive storm rumbled through the Model City on Sept. 3 causing major structural damage to Hobby Lobby in the East Stone Commons shopping area, littering landmarks such as the Greenbelt and Borden Park with broken trees and limbs and displacing residents of Model City Apartments.

NWS meteorologist George Mathews told the Times-News an assessment team was sent to Kingsport from the weather service headquarters in Morristown on Sunday morning to examine the damage in and around Hobby Lobby.

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