Strong to severe thunderstorms yesterday into the early evening hours left damage in several areas.
In Cumberland County, trees were blown down by winds of up to near 50 miles an hour in several areas including along Lantana Road. VEC reported just over 1,800 out of power at the height of the outage.
Volunteer Energy Cooperative issued the following statement around 5:30 a.m. this morning:
“Overnight storms have caused multiple trees to fall into the power lines resulting in numerous outages. Crews have worked through the night and will continue working this morning until all outages have been restored. Unfortunately, we are not currently able to provide an ETA on any specific outage. Please remember to use the smart hub mobile app, the VEC website, or the automated phone system to report your outages. Doing so will allow you to receive automatic updates as they become available. Thank you for your patience while our crews work to restore the outages.”
The National Weather Service had a severe thunderstorm watch in effect but it did not include Cumberland, Roane, or Morgan counties at the time the storms hit. Cumberland and Roane County was later placed under a severe thunderstorm warning.
In Roane County, numerous trees and power lines went down throughout the county. The hardest hit area was in the Rockwood area. Officials stated 1,300 lost power in the storms there. HUB said at 8 a.m. this morning crews are working on isolated outages in Old Hen Valley, Chestnut Hill, Tanglewood, Magna Vista, and Lee Village.
Other counties initially reporting trees down or damage included Fentress, Overton and Morgan County.