Storm, high winds causes damage in McMinn County Tuesday morning

McMinn County. Image: Sheriff Joe Guy

A strong storm passing through the northern part of NewsChannel 9's viewing area caused damage in McMinn County Wednesday morning, according to McMinn County Sheriff Joe Guy. Sheriff Guy says one person was taken to the hospital.

A post on Sheriff Guy's Facebook page says:

High winds have caused damage and downed trees in McMinn Co on CR 100, CR 580, CR 461 areas, as well as south Englewood. One residence picture suffered severe damage on CR 100 and one person was taken to the hospital. Please stay out of these areas to allow emergency services and utilities to respond."

We interviewed Sheriff Guy just before 11 a.m.:

The National Weather Service confirms to StormTrack 9 meteorologist Brian Smith that straight line winds moved through the area at about 9:30 a.m.

The NWS later announced it has a crew on the scene assessing the damage.

We have a crew on the scene getting more details.

Viewer Jenifer Lee also tells us there are trees down in Decatur, near South Nopone Road.

Later in the day, our crew spotted some storm damage in Englewood.

Strong winds ripped down power lines trees and pieces of people's homes. People in McMinn County are thankful everyone is okay.

Off county road 100 in McMinn County, many trees were uprooted right outside of people's homes.

The storm tore the front screen of Tom Elliot's porch and ripped off pieces of his roof.

He was sitting on his porch when the rain first started falling, and says it got dark fast.

"A hard growl. I mean the hardest growl I've ever heard was coming from over the trees and I was like what's going on," says Elliot. "All of a sudden, it started raining, lightning, thunder."

Then the wind picked up.

"The porch it felt like it sucked in and let loose and I could barely get thru my door. I went to the bathroom and just held on for dear life."

No more than three minutes later, Elliot says it suddenly became calm, and something happened that he's never seen or experienced before.

"The community just everybody in this area got together and it was amazing. It was the coolest thing I've ever seen."

He soon found out not everyone was a lucky as him. Just a few home downs, one his neighbors home was flattened.

The sheriff tells us the man inside at the time went to the hospital, but he's going to be okay.

The rains also fell hard in Bradley County.

Depend on us for updates as we get them.

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