Clean up after powerful storms Friday night

Damage in Spring City Nature Park (Image: Town of Spring City, TN).

Tennessee Valley residents are still recovering after powerful storms swept through the area last night.

Tennessee Volunteer Energy Cooperative spokeswoman Julie Jones says restoring power to the effected areas is extensive but ongoing.

According to VEC, Rhea and McMinn Counties were the hardest hit by the storms. VEC's outage map says 13% of Rhea County residents are still without power at the time of this report.

EPB's outage map is also reporting scattered outages throughout Ootlewah, Collegedale, Lookout Valley, and Signal Mountain.

Rhea County resident Lisa Nail-Barger had been without power for over 14 hours before the lights finally came back on.

Rhea County resident Rick Barnes says his home didn't have any outages, and no serious damages.

I didn’t have any just a few small little limbs.

While his neighbor, who didn't want to be identified, had no power from 11 pm Friday until 9 pm Saturday.

VEC says the combined effects of the wind and ground saturated from rain before yesterday’s storm brought down large trees and damaged equipment and poles.

Viewer Connie Loya says multiple trees in her neighborhood in Spring City are down after strong winds knocked them over.

Spring City Nature Park is closed until Monday after the storms downed several trees, some just feet from the playground.

Cleanup will continue through today until the park reopens to unblock the pathways trees and other debris are blocking.

This is a developing story - depend on us to update you as we learn more.

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