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Gallery: Irma's leftovers topple trees on Signal Mountain early Tuesday

A tree falls on a home on Whipporwhill Drive on Signal Mountain. (Image: WTVC)

As our StormTrack 9 team predicted earlier this week, the remnants of Hurricane Irma gave residents throughout the NewsChannel 9 viewing area some problems overnight Monday and early Tuesday.

High winds forced a lot of trees and wires to go down on Signal Mountain. One home on Arrow Drive had a tree split in half.

And that by far wasn't the only instance of damage.

Another couple had a tree fall on their car and damaged part of their home on Dawn Street:


As of 8 a.m., the W Road on Signal Mountain was closed due to a downed tree.


And commuters on Ridgeway Avenue had to wait for crews to remove a downed tree there. Watch:

Another downed tree blocked Ladder Road:

The storm also caused widespread power outages. Those outages and tree issues forced Hamilton County Schools to change its Tuesday status from a 2-hour delay to being closed for the day.



One downed tree caused an accident on Ridgeway Avenue:

Signal Mountain viewer Sandy Lusk describes her neighborhood "a mess," and says many trees had their leaves stripped off by the storm.

Another report of damage comes from a viewer in Evensville, in the northern part of Rhea County.

The mother of one of the couple who lives in this home says the husband moved her wife out of the way just in time as the tree fell through their home. Though rattled from the experience, they weren't seriously hurt.

Viewer Katlin Taylor shared these photos from Gardenhire Street on Signal Mountain.

Click on our photo gallery above to see more of her photos.

Viewer Lauren Pruitt shared this video of a tree that narrowly missed her family's home in East Ridge:

Utility crews have been working around the clock on Signal Mountain after the remnants of Irma moved through late Monday night and early Tuesday morning.

One big reason why was a transformer that exploded on Dawn Street.


“It basically exploded and caught the brush on fire,” homeowner Kristen Mazza said.

Mazza said she was home with her 10-month old daughter when it happened.

“It was a little nerve-wracking last night, just holding her and hoping nothing else caught fire,” Mazza said.

Police and firefighters worked through the night to make sure that didn't happen.

And the job has not been an easy one.

“There's hundreds of trees down,” Signal Mountain Fire Chief Eric Mitchell said.

Mitchell said trees on power lines, homes, and across roadways left drivers with few options.

“We had about 31 different cases of road closures,” Mitchell said.

So, while crews worked to clear debris and restore power, residents like Jim Henry are trying to make the best of a bad situation.

“We've got candles and we played a little card game, and I guess we can read some this morning,” Henry said.

Mitchell also wanted to remind everyone to never go near downed power lines, and to always assume they still have electricity going through them.

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