The storms that blew through on Saturday brought high winds and heavy rain to parts of East Tennessee. There were some trees and power lines down in Anderson County.
“The Claxton area, especially around West Wolf Valley Road, and near Laurel Road between Clinton and Oak Ridge were the hardest hit,” Anderson County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Mark Lucas said Saturday evening.
He said there was minor damage reported from trees or limbs on houses. One house on North Slope Lane near Hidden Valley Road received the most damage, Lucas said.
There were no reported injuries.
Most trees and power lines across roads were cleared by Saturday evening, Lucas said.
George Powers, who lives at 1627 Hidden Hills Drive between Oak Ridge and Clinton, said two trees hit his house and two more fell into his back yard and split up. The fallen trees caused some structural damage and destroyed his shed and damaged his roof.
Powers estimated that 13 to 14 trees fell along North Slope Lane and 20 to 30 fell in the woods in Hidden Hills, a neighborhood off Hidden Valley Road, which runs between State Route 61 and Laurel Road northeast of Oak Ridge.
Powers said there were some power outages on Saturday, but his family is stay able to stay at the house.
He said the storm hit at about 1:20 p.m. Saturday and brought winds that he estimated at 50 to 60 mph, blowing from the southwest, which is “real unusual.”
There was also heavy rain, “inches of rain in minutes,” Powers said.
But everyone was okay, he said.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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