Picture – Possible funnel cloud off of Highway 70 in Pomona area of Cumberland County submitted to 105.7 News by Wayne Elmore
Round after round of severe weather that entered the listening area late yesterday afternoon (Saturday, May 27, 2017) left widespread damage. The first storm ahead of a main line that entered White County quickly evolved into a tornado warning issued by the National Weather Service. As the storm entered Cumberland County, the rotation in the storm weakened.
Overton County reported numerous trees down with the most damage reported off of Spring Creek Road to homes and vehicles. Fentress and Pickett counties also reported numerous trees down from the storms. Across the border into Kentucky, Cumberland County, Kentucky as well as Clinton County and Wayne County all reported power lines and trees down from high winds.
Roughly 90 minutes later, the main line approached the area from the northwest. Cumberland County was placed under two tornado warnings at the same time. One rotation was detected by radar in the northwestern part of the county while a second one was indicated by radar east of Lake Tansi. Both headed east but no touchdown was indicated by the weather service. Reports started to come in with structural damage to homes in Lake Tansi and the north end of Cumberland County after trees fell on homes. Numerous trees were reported down in Cumberland County from the high winds from the storm.
The line of severe storms would then take aim on Roane, Morgan, Bledsoe, Rhea, Meigs and McMinn as it pressed eastward.
In Roane County, Harriman Utility Board reported up to 20 power poles were down from the high winds and trees falling on power lines. HUB said Cornstalk Heights, the Midtown/Ruritan area, Oakdale, Meadowview and Swan Pond areas took the most damage as far as power poles destroyed. Damage was also reported to Walnut Hill Church in Roane County.
In Morgan, Loudon, McMinn and Meigs counties, numerous trees were blown down and structural damage was also reported.
As a result of the severe weather, thousands lost power last night. Electrical crews worked even before the storms cleared the area and into this morning (Sunday, May 28) to get power restored.
Hail that fell in Cumberland County, Tennessee. Picture by Trish Janeway
Power crews in Roane County begin work on damage left by the storms
Walnut Hill Church in Roane County after the storm