Blowin' up a storm

SNEEDVILLE — Two separate tornado warnings were issued by the National Weather Service for Hancock and Hawkins counties on Thursday afternoon, June 20, as a series of strong thunderstorms ahead of an approaching frontal boundary moved through the region. According to radio traffic monitored by the Eagle, the warnings were issued because the ominous-looking clouds, such as this one that rolled out of Hancock County and into the Surgoinsville area of Hawkins County, showed signs on radar of possible rotation, indicitive of tornadic activity. Strong gusty winds, downpours of rain and marble-sized hail accompanied the storms. There were reports of multiple trees down across both counties. A second round of storms in the overnight area on Friday/Saturday and the threat of possible additional storms during the day on Saturday resulted in the postponement — to Sat., July 20 — of the annual Joshua Mabe Memorial Scholarship Ride.