No major damage reported from overnight severe weather system
by GREG KAYLOR Banner Staff Writer
Feb 21, 2014 | 824 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Bradley County was spared significant damage from a storm system that moved into the area overnight.

Bradley County 911 dispatchers noted a few areas of flooding, some downed trees and one broken utility pole resulted from the Severe Weather event.

Alerts began hitting smartphones and email accounts, sent by the Cleveland-Bradley County Emergency Management Agency’s Nixle account.

The first was a Severe Thunderstorm Watch, issued at midnight. It was then extended and upgraded to a “Warning.”

At 2:48 a.m., a Tornado Watch was issued which lasted until 5 a.m., according to Curtis Cline, administrative officer for CBCEMA.

Officials monitored weather conditions from near and far.

According to Cline, Anthony Cavalluci, warning coordinator for the National Weather Service in Morristown, contacted him just before 3 a.m., inquiring about his observations in Bradley County.

“We have had some minor street flooding and a few downed trees overnight,” Cline said.

911 reports indicated at least one utility pole on Eastview Avenue was downed and flooding was reported on Spring Place Road and Highway 64 as well as several other areas.

Wind gusts up to 31 mph were recorded and temperatures remained in the lower 60s and upper 50s, which are not conducive for spawning tornadic activity.

According to the Chestuee weather station, 1.70 inches of rainfall was recorded at that location during the storm.

Points to the north recorded just under half an inch of rain.

- Collectibles were reported stolen from a business located on Waterlevel Highway.

According to Kathy Kilgore, who filed a report with Bradley County Sheriff’s deputy Cordus Waller, someone broke into her building and took collectible knives, watches and coins.

Entry was believed to have been made through the roof of the structure where Kilgore had the items stored.

Detective Rob Wilson of BCSO’s Criminal Investigations Division was notified of the theft.

According to the report, the loss was estimated at $1,500.

Investigation is continuing.