By early morning Tuesday, Oak Ridge had felt the effects of storms coming through the area.
The city shared to its Facebook page reports of hail in Harriman and Oak Ridge from local TV station WBIR. Still, however, as of 10:34 a.m., city Communications Specialist Lauren Grey stated there had been “nothing significant an/or life threatening.”
In an email, she said “a couple of trees” fell and the rain caused “minor flooding” along Poplar Creek.
She also said the city did not experience any widespread power outages. She said there were three small outages which occurred at different times. Together, 18 customers lost power, all of which had been restored as of 10:34 a.m., she stated. All scheduled maintenance work had temporarily stopped.
The city gave additional details about the power outage on its Facebook page and its effects on electric lines. Oak Ridge Electric Crews worked to make repairs to some broken or damaged power poles and restore power along North Walker Lane and East Drive.
About 400 Oak Ridge Electric customers were without power as of 12:40 p.m.
“In less than an hour, that is expected to be reduced to about 20 customers. The final 20 customers will be without power while the power pole is being replaced,” the city stated.
A tree down on Cumberland View near Concord knocked out power in the area at 1:52 p.m.
The city gave the following tips.
“Never drive over laying or hanging power lines. You never know if the line is live.
“If a traffic light is out, treat it like a stop sign and look all directions before driving through.
“Call (865) 425-1803 to report a power outage or if you have an urgent request!” the city’s tips stated.
“Electric crews are getting ready for the next round of storms we are anticipating. Crews are fueling trucks, getting restocked on material, and making sure all tools are fully operational,” Gray stated regarding preparations for severe weather yet to come.
However, the rest of the South hadn’t been as blessed as Oak Ridge. At least three people have been killed.
Much of the South faced more severe weather Tuesday. The impact of the severe weather spawned tornadoes Sunday night and Monday and damaged homes and uprooted trees from Mississippi to West Virginia.
Parts of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee, as well as corners of Arkansas and Georgia were at enhanced risk for the worst weather, according to the national Storm Prediction Center. That zone is home to more than 11 million people and includes the cities of Nashville, Tennessee; Birmingham, Alabama; Baton Rouge, Louisiana; and Jackson, Mississippi, forecasters said.
A Tennessee woman died when a tree fell on her home as storms moved through the state Tuesday, Weakley County Emergency Management Director Ray Wiggington told WKRN-TV. He said at least six mobile homes were damaged by the falling tree around 4 a.m.
Hail and high winds buffeted north Texas, where just before midnight on Monday, powerful winds from a likely tornado flipped three semi-trailers over on Interstate 35 in the driving rain, authorities said. Three people were taken to hospitals but their conditions were not immediately known, Dallas TV station WFAA reported.
A couple of tornado warnings were issued Tuesday morning in rural areas east of Nashville, Tennessee.
A tornado warning in Atlanta forced thousands to seek shelter Monday and one man was killed when a falling tree brought power lines onto his vehicle in Douglasville, Georgia, west of Atlanta, Douglas County spokesman Rick Martin said. And in middle Georgia, Carla Harris, 55, was killed after a tree fell onto her Bonaire home, Houston County emergency officials said.
More than 100,000 people were without electricity early Tuesday in states from Texas to Kentucky, according to poweroutage.us, which tracks utility outages.
The weather first turned rough in Mississippi on Sunday, where just south of Yazoo City, Vickie Savell was left with only scraps of the brand-new mobile home where she and her husband had moved in just eight days ago. It had been lifted off its foundation and moved about 25 feet . It was completely destroyed.
“Oh my God, my first new house in 40 years and it’s gone,” she said Monday, amid tree tops strewn about the neighborhood and the roar of chainsaws as people worked to clear roads.
In Mississippi, forecasters confirmed 12 tornadoes Sunday evening and night, including the Yazoo City twister, which stretched for 30 miles, and another tornado that moved through suburbs of Byram and Terry south of Jackson that produced a damage track 1,000 yards wide.
In South Carolina, at least one tornado was reported Monday afternoon in Abbeville County. The tornado appeared to be on the ground for several miles, according to warnings from the National Weather Service. No injuries were immediately reported. In Greenwood, downed trees and power lines were reported, while a vehicle was blown over and a storage unit building was heavily damaged. Multiple locations reported golf ball-sized hail.
In the southern Kentucky town of Tompkinsville, a Monday morning storm later confirmed as a tornado damaged several homes and knocked down trees and power lines, Fire Chief Kevin Jones said. No injuries were reported, he said.
In West Virginia, Jefferson County communications supervisor James Hayden said one person was injured when a possible tornado touched down at a lumber company Monday evening. The injury was minor, and the person was treated at the scene, he said. An exterior lumber shed collapsed, Hayden said.
National Weather Service surveyors confirmed one tornado west of Atlanta near where the motorist died. The twister was determined to have peak winds of 90 mph with a path that ran 1.5 miles. At least 10 homes had trees on them.