On Wednesday October 6, 2021 at approximately 5:00 p.m. Cumberland County was placed under a Tornado Warning by the National Weather Service Office in Nashville. A storm with radar indicated rotation was reported to be entering the County from the south. Emergency crews were put on stand-by and the Emergency Operations Center was activated. The storm traveled almost directly north over the Lake Tansi community and the City of Crossville. The storm caused damage on Rye Woody Rd., Lawson Rd., and Tabor Loop before continuing north into the Woody and Rinnie communities before exiting Cumberland Co. into Fentress Co.
First responders from Cumberland County Fire Dept., Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office, and Crossville/Cumberland County Emergency Management Agency, Crossville/Cumberland E-911, as well as crews from Cumberland County Road Dept., Volunteer Electric Cooperative, and Middle TN Natural Gas were dispatched to the area to begin checking for injuries, clearing roads, and begin recovery efforts. Luckily no injuries were reported from our citizens or responders working the scene.
After initial Damage Assessment it has been determined that there were a total of seven (7) homes with reported damage with two (2) of those homes sustaining major damage. Pictures and information have been submitted to the National Weather Service in Nashville for processing to determine the type and intensity of the storm.
We would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone that October-December is our 2nd most active storm season during the year. It is very important to have a plan in place for you and your family to take cover should the threat of severe weather arise, as well as having two (2) ways of receiving notifications. The most important tool is to have a functioning NOAA All Hazards Weather Radio. If you would like more information about preparedness, please reach out to the EMA office.
Travis Cole, EMA Director