Storm Damages Courthouse
Photo By Larry Manis
|Friday's thunder storm brought flash floods and
damaging winds across Loudon County. The wind was strong enough to take
down one of the stately old oak trees on the courthouse lawn causing
some damage to the courthouse. Across the river around Carl's Drive In
flooding and power outages were reported.
A lightning strike to a tree ignited a natural gas main at a residence on Hwy 70 east. That fire was extinguished by the Loudon County Rescue Squad. Numerous other floodingd and downed trees were reported all across the county.
Storm damages Loudon County
Posted: May 15, 2009 10:45 PM EDT
By JILL MCNEAL
6 News Anchor/Reporter
LOUDON (WATE) -- There was some stormy weather in parts of the viewing area Friday evening. Pop-up thunderstorms caused some damage, but fortunately, no injuries.
At the Loudon County Courthouse, a giant maple was toppled onto the roof. The roof will have to be repaired, but there was no damage inside the courthouse.
At one home on Sugar Limb Road, two trees were split in half and fell, blocking the driveway. A bigger tree in the backyard cracked at the base and fell onto power lines, then the roof. It did not go through to the inside of the house.
Just a few blocks away, a front yard tree branch broke and fell right on top of a parked pick-up truck. The truck did not appear to have any damage.
In a second floor bedroom of a house on Highway 11, a big oak tree fell against the house, knocking a piece of plaster off the wall and tearing the window screen. Luckily, it did not come through the glass.