At least nine dead, dozens hospitalized and 150 buildings damaged after storms and tornado rip through Chattanooga area

Staff Photo by Robin Rudd / People walk past the rubble of the Advanced Auto Parts Store in the 7600 block of East Brainerd Road on April 13, 2020. The Chattanooga area was hit by severe storms on at the night of April 12, 2020.

Late Sunday night, a rash of severe thunderstorms and at least one tornado ripped through Southeast Tennessee and North Georgia, resulting in miles of downed power lines, uprooted trees and roadway flooding.

By the time the storm gave way to the cloudy Monday morning light, at least 20 people in two Tennessee counties were hospitalized with injuries and more than 150 structures had been damaged or destroyed.

After one tornado ripped through Cleveland, Jerry Wilcox and his family sat on their porch in the dark early Monday morning. It was the only home in their family without significant damage.

While the Wilcox family's problems were contained in that Cleveland cul de sac, the wake of the storms stretched throughout Bradley, Hamilton, Marion and other surrounding counties, leaving many to find similar scenes of destruction outside their front doors.