A number of weather warnings were issued Wednesday afternoon and into the evening as severe weather literally developed on top of Bradley County and surrounding areas.
Multiple severe thunderstorm warnings, a tornado warning and flash flood advisories and warnings were issued.
Those who had signed up with Cleveland-Bradley County Emergency Management Agency’s NixlePro Alert system got an audible alert on their cellphones.
A number of areas were without power due to fallen trees over utility lines, according to 911 officials.
Heavy rains fell at a recorded rate of more than 4 inches per hour caused widespread flooding.
Weather spotters reported hail up to 1.25 inches in diameter and sustained maximum winds of 58 mph in some areas, according to emergency reports.
“Heavy rain, trees down across lines and flooding were widespread from one end of the county to the other,” said Rusty Boling of Bradley County 911.
Inman Street, Blythe Ferry, Georgetown and Peerless, Blue Springs Road and others flooded.
Trees were downed in Charleston on Sheffey Lane, in the Chilcutt community, in extreme southern Bradley County on Dalton Pike and other areas, reports indicated.
According to Bob McCarty of Volunteer Energy, only seven households remained without power this morning out of 2,800-plus which were reportedly out during the peak of the weather event which began shortly after warnings were issued around 7:30 p.m.
Cleveland Utilities had 2,981 customers without power during the height of the storm and only a dozen remained without power early today, according to Bart Borden of CU.
To sign up for NixlePro alerts, visit www.bradleyco.net and click on the EMA link for further instructions.