Rain, wind force mobile home rescue
by GREG KAYLOR, Banner Staff Writer
Jul 18, 2013 | 1142 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Mother Nature put on a luminous show Wednesday evening for most of Bradley County, and torrents of rain and wind in some areas caused problems. A woman was trapped inside her family’s mobile home located on Old Tasso Place after a tree reportedly fell onto the structure.

According to reports from Bradley County 911, the storm moved in just after 10 p.m.

Bradley County Fire-Rescue along with Bradley County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to 751 Old Tasso Place where a man reported the tree had fallen and trapped his wife inside their home.

Rescuers arrived and removed the tree and woman.

The report indicated she was not injured.

The Hiwassee Chapter of the American Red Cross also responded to the scene to aid the family in the aftermath.

Utility crews from Volunteer Energy and Cleveland Utilities were busy in the northeastern area of Bradley County and Cleveland restoring power after winds downed trees.

The Cleveland Daily Banner reported two weeks ago that Cleveland-Bradley County Emergency Management Agency officials stated saturated grounds and heavy and full tree canopies could pose potential problems in the future.

It was evident Wednesday that the prediction became reality.

Anthony Cavalluci, warning coordinator meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Morristown, said this morning that a high pressure system north in the Ohio Valley is causing storms which develop in the North Carolina and Appalachian region to flow southwesterly.

This is an opposite pattern. Typically, storm systems move from the southwest to northeast, not from the northeast toward the southwest.

Cavalluci said the system is causing a reverse rotation which is driving the severe weather conditions.

More storms are possible tonight and into Friday.

As the Severe Thunderstorm Warning was issued Wednesday, calls began coming in to 911.

Cleveland Fire Department responded to Fair Street when a tree limb ripped an electric meter from a home. Trees were reported down on Wilkinson Road, Forest Lane, Michigan Avenue, Howard Circle, Red Cardinal Drive, 15th Street N.E., Peach Orchard Hill Road and other areas.

Reports also noted a traffic light was down at Stuart and Old Tasso roads.

CBCEMA Director Troy Spence said his office will continue to issue alerts through Nixle.

To sign up for alerts, visit www.bradleyco.net and follow the EMA link for instructions.