Storms, warnings plague area; damage is reported
by GREG KAYLOR Banner Staff Writer
Aug 21, 2014 | 1526 views | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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A POSSIBLE LIGHTNING STRIKE in Eagle Creek damaged a home during the height of severe storms Wednesday. Stan Clark of Bradley County Emergency Medical Service said extra personnel and ambulances were staged for response if storm issues escalated.
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Bradley Countians got a scare Wednesday afternoon as Severe Thunderstorm Watches and a Tornado Warning were issued by the National Weather Service. Social media lit up with reports from across the region and memories of April 2011 were evident.

Strong storms developed in the heating of the day, causing damage along the way as they traveled into Bradley and other counties.

Tornadic activity was spotted.

According to Curtis Cline of Cleveland-Bradley County Emergency Management Agency, a total of six Severe Thunderstorm Warnings and two Tornado Warnings were issued for Bradley County.

The Emergency Operations Center at the Bradley County 911 Center went under partial activation during the event as it unfolded.

Walker Valley High School students who were taking part in after-school activities were sheltered in place.

In Bradley County, the storm swept in from the northeast and a number of downed trees and power lines were reported, as well as one fire.

At least two homes were reported to have been hit by downed trees.

With partial activation of the EOC, 911 dispatchers were located in what is called “The War Room,” where emergency managers and area officials from various agencies work together under a unified Incident Command structure. The American Red Cross was also called into action in the area.

This allows officials to identify and place resources where needed, according to Troy Spence, director of CBCEMA.

Utility companies were kept busy repairing lines.

Anthony Cavallucci of the National Weather Service in Morristown was traveling first to Loudon County early this morning, then on to Monroe County to assess damages and the possibility tornadoes touched down in those areas.

Heavy rains associated with the storm caused minor localized flooding. There is a slight chance for pop-up thunderstorms in the forecast for the region today.

Spence said residents should keep an eye of quick-changing weather conditions, as well as monitor media sources closely.