Microburst Blamed for Hayden Tent Collapse

A microburst was blamed for a tent collapse in Blount County Thursday night that injured a dozen people.  Three of the injuries were described as serious.  The National Weather Service estimated a thunderstorm in the area generated winds of 40 miles per hour.  A microburst occurs when there is a downdraft during a thunderstorm.  Witnesses said the storm seemed to come out of nowhere, and that the wind appeared to be circling around Hayden's Traditions Park.  The tent was erected for a Traditions Bank shareholders party.  The tent's curtains were rolled up during the event, likely enhancing the uplift of the structure, a NWS damage survey found.  

 Photo:  WBRC 


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