Staff photo by Tommy Millsaps
Sweetwater City Director of Schools Dr. Melanie Miller, right, walked into a mess Monday
morning with a large tree blown down on Brown Intermediate School Sunday night.
|Published: 8:22 AM, 07/05/2012
Author: Tommy Millsaps
Source: The Monroe County Advocate
SWEETWATER-The sound of chainsaws were
every Monday morning after a severe storm blasted through the county
late Sunday night with high winds and blinding rain, causing
Trees and power lines were down
throughout the county and several structures were damaged as well.
"It was basically just spread out all
over the county," E-911 Director Clara Hitson said.
Hitson said her dispatchers took at
least 40 reports of trees down and 32 reports of power lines down.
The E-911 Center had a dispatcher stay
over extra hours early Monday morning to help with the call volume.
The storm hit just after 11 p.m. and
came on the heels of the hottest two days the National Weather
Service has ever recorded at McGhee Tyson Airport in Blount County
when the mercury hit 105 degrees on Saturday and Sunday.
Being on the western edge of the county
as the storm moved west to east the Sweetwater area got the first
blast of the storm and perhaps in some areas the worst of it as well.
A large tree was blown down on Brown
Intermediate School, however it looked like the heaviest part of the
tree stayed of the school.
At first survey, Director of Sweetwater
City Schools Dr. Melanie Miller did not think major damage had been
A portion of a metal roof appeared to
have been blown off buildings at the Sweetwater City Pool.
Street departments and county road
crews were extremely busy clearing streets, and power crews had their
hands full as well.
The hot weather should continue the
rest of the week, but it will be a few degrees cooler and storm
chances will be in the forecast.
Though the storm damage was not
welcome, the heavy rain was a blessing. It had been more than two
weeks since some locations had received any rain.
The 100-degree weather and 15 to 20
percent afternoon humidity had made the county a tinderbox.
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