Monroe Co. crews work to restore power, residents assess damage after severe storms | News
Update 10:11 a.m.
When the sun rose Friday morning, residents were able to take in all the damage overnight severe storms wrought on parts of Monroe County.
It has not been determined yet whether the storms formed a tornado. Friday morning an official with the National Weather Service was traveling to the area to assess the storm damage.
The city of Madisonville was the hardest hit. Monroe County dispatchers say as of 10:00 a.m., two streets remained covered with downed trees and power lines.
Dispatchers also say they are not aware of any injuries.
A spokesperson with Fort Loudoun Electrical Company tells 10News crews went to work in the storms as soon as customers reported outages around 8:00 and 9:00 p.m.
At the time of this posting, around 176 Fort Loudoun Electrical Company customers were without power. Most of those customers are in Madisonville. The utility company spokesman says they hope to have power restored by the end of the day.
The American Red Cross says they did not have anyone use their shelter overnight. Anyone displaced by the storms were able to stay with friends or relatives. The organization does have a help truck in the area handing out food and supplies to victims.
Strong storms traveled through East Tennessee Thursday night bringing with them strong winds and heavy rain. The hardest hit portion of the viewing area was Monroe County and Madisonville.
The State of Tennessee has declared a State of Emergency due to a possible tornado in Monroe County.
Madisonville Police Chief Gregg Breeden says the town received tree, powerline and structure damage, mostly in the Hiwassee Road area and business district.
Monroe County Dispatch says they took approximately 100 calls in a two-hour time frame. They received multiple reports of damaged houses, barns and other structures.
Dispatch says a power outage left roughly 2,500 Monroe County customers without power.
Emergency responders are working to clean up, and they ask that everyone stay clear of damaged areas, if possible.
The state has not yet received any requests for assistance from local governments.
Monroe County and Sweetwater schools are on a one-hour delay Friday morning.
Officials say no injuries have been reported, but two families have been displaced.
A tornado watch was canceled for much of East Tennessee after 11 p.m.