Two storms that slammed Warren County yesterday toppled trees and power lines, leaving over 6,000 people in the dark.
“It was one big line of strong winds,” said 911 director Chuck Haston of the wave which arrived ahead of the main storm around 1 a.m. Thursday. “They passed fairly quickly but they packed some punch with gusts over 50 mph.”
The initial burst, which was predicted by the National Weather Service with a severe thunderstorm warning, prompted an immediate rush of calls to the 911 Center.
“We had 40 calls about downed trees, power outages and blown transformers,” Haston said. “We didn’t get any calls of serious damage and it all seems to be the result of straight-line winds.”
The most immediate effect of the winds was the blackout of houses throughout Warren and surrounding counties. Caney Fork Electric revealed there were 6,000 customers in its four-county coverage zone, which includes Warren County, who were without power for short periods. All but around 30 had been restored by Thursday afternoon, with the hardest hit part of the Caney Fork Electric zone being in White County. Along with tree damage to lines and six broken power poles, there was also some reports of lightning damage to the system.
A second line of storms hit Warren County just before 9 a.m. Thursday, the second wave bringing a tornado warning after Doppler Radar indicated tornadic conditions were present. There were no reports of funnel clouds in association with either storm, with the second storm bringing mainly heavy rain as it raced through heading east.