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SEVERE STORMS LEAVE WIDESPREAD DAMAGE IN LISTENING AREA

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A line of powerful thunderstorms went through the coverage area yesterday and when it was said and done, numerous trees were down in every county in the listening area and flooding was reported on many roadways.

Even before the National Weather Service issued a tornado watch for the plateau, reports of scattered power outages and trees down came in caused by wind gusts in excess of 40 miles per hour.

The National Weather Service first issued the tornado watch for the plateau then extended the watch yesterday afternoon east to include the entire 105.7 The Hog listening area.

The first line of storms pretty much fell apart around 1 p.m. but a stronger line formed and advanced into the area around 3 p.m. central.

A tornado warning was issued for Bledsoe County around midday. A second tornado warning was issued about 30 minutes later for Meigs County, the northern part of Rhea County and the southern tip of Roane County. No touchdown was reported from either warning.

As the main line passed, it brought torrential rainfall and winds gusting up to 70 miles per hour in areas. This caused more trees to fall onto roads and several accidents to take place.

Preliminary damage reports included:

CUMBERLAND, BLEDSOE, MCMINN AND ROANE COUNTY – trees and power lines blown down by high winds across each county. At least two homes were stuck by lightning in Cumberland County. No injuries at either residence.

MORGAN COUNTY – roof blown off a structure and trees uprooted or snapped from high winds.

OVERTON COUNTY – trees down across Highway 52

No injuries were initially reported in the listening area as a result of the storms.

Cumberland County road crews worked hard in the weather elements to clear the roads from small to large size trees down blocking traffic.

The Roane County Highway Department announced this morning all roads have now reopened after the storms hit them yesterday. The department asks citizens to be patient as they start the cleanup of trees that were cut from the roadway and placed on the right-of-away.

Crews with Volunteer Electric has their hands full with thousands in at least 8 counties being out of power. Crews worked well into last night in the storm and early this morning restoring power and repairing power line and poles damaged from the storm. As of this morning around sunrise, 900 customers remained without power in the coverage area.

Every state in the southeastern United States reported damage from the storm system yesterday (625 reports to be exact) responsible for at least 11 deaths. Three of those took place in Pickens County, Alabama.

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