Last night we had very bad storms in East TN.
I like to post news articles to keep a time-line of events in 2011.
In Downtown Knoxville we didn’t get the wind damage as bad. A lot of lighting and thunder, but we were okay. We have a lot of trees around our house and we are always scared of one falling on the house.
Please pray for the families that did have damaged to their property
Newspaper Article from The Knoxville News Sentinel 3/24
GREENBACK – As he surveyed the storm damage this morning at his father’s home along U.S. Highway 411, John Dixon was struck by the lack of small debris such as insulation normally associated with powerful winds.
“It’s cars, boat trailers, boats and electrical transformers from the power lines,” the 46-year-old Greenback man said.
“It looks like a war zone, like a bomb hit. There’s debris everywhere.”
A 50-foot trailer on the property in the 5900 block of Highway 411 near the Blount County line was tossed across the road.
“The frame is on the other side of the highway,” Dixon said. “The rest of it must be in North Carolina.”
Dixon said the man who rents the trailer from his father was at work when the storm hit.
Dixon was asleep at his home about one-quarter mile from his father’s property when the storm struck about 10 p.m., knocking out his electrical service.
“I could hear it coming at us,” he said. “I lived in Texas, so I’ve heard tornadoes before and this was a strong tornado.”
The winds, Dixon said, sounded “like a freight train coming through.”
Authorities have not confirmed a tornado is responsible for the damaged homes and downed power lines in the community of about 2,100 people.
Dixon said he saw a 100-yard wide swath of damage nearly 4 miles long when the sun rose this morning.
At his father’s rental home, boats from Viper Customs across Highway 411 were tossed around.
“There’s 25-foot-long boat trailers stacked up and tangled that look like a kid was playing with matchbox toys,” Dixon said.
A woman in his father’s rental home was tossed around when the winds shoved the single-story, wood-frame home about 20-feet off its foundation. The woman was not injured although the roof was ripped off and the rear of the home was removed by the winds.
Dixon said crews from Fort Loudon Electric were on the scene replacing power lines that had been ripped from poles.
Officials this morning are closing State Route 95 to inspect damage caused by high winds that struck the Loudon County community and sent two people to a hospital.
A Loudon County E-911 dispatcher said there were power outages after the storm struck about 10 p.m. Wednesday, but crews were restoring service this morning.
Greenback School, which includes grades K-12, has been closed for the day.
Officials closed one northbound lane of U. S. Highway 411 in the area. Both southbound lanes are open.
The dispatcher said at 8 a.m. authorities will close SR 95 from Highway 411 to Morganton to assess the damage.
The National Weather Service issued a tornado warning earlier Wednesday for Loudon, Blount, Monroe and Sevier counties. A tornado watch remained in effect until 2 a.m. today for areas south and east of Knoxville.