Storms down trees, power lines in Bradley County

By TIM SINIARD
Posted 4/15/19

Thunderstorms passing through east Tennessee Sunday appear to have spared the Cleveland-Bradley County area, resulting only in downed trees and isolated power outages.This weekend, the National …

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Storms down trees, power lines in Bradley County

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Thunderstorms passing through east Tennessee Sunday appear to have spared the Cleveland-Bradley County area, resulting only in downed trees and isolated power outages.

This weekend, the National Weather Service in Morristown issued warning of several rounds of severe thunderstorms, resulting in 60 mph wind gusts and causing roof and siding damage.

But by early Sunday evening, the NWS issued a statement declaring the severe weather event had ended, but still existed in northeast Tennessee and southwest North Carolina.

“Everything appears to have stayed east of us,” Bradley County 911 reported via a Facebook post.

However, some isolated power outages took place across the area, with Volunteer Electric Cooperative reporting power outages in several counties, including Bradley, Hamilton and McMinn Counties.

At 7:33 p.m. VEC reported it at 1,300 customers without power, with 286 affected in Bradley County. However, as of Monday morning, power had been restored to all VEC customers Bradley County, where it serves over 18,000 customers.

VEC communications and public relations coordinator Julie Jones said it had been a rough weekend for the utility, which provides power to customers from the Kentucky to the Georgia state line. She said VEC linemen had worked to quickly restore power to customers.

“Our guys worked very hard this weekend,” Jones said. 

Jones said many of the outages were to individual homes, where fallen trees had knocked out power lines.

Cleveland Utilities reported one breaker was damaged by a downed tree, affecting 1,180 customers.


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