Falling Water home destroyed as storms knock out power across Chattanooga, North Georgia

Falling Water home destroyed as storms knock out power across Chattanooga, North Georgia

June 20th, 2019 by Staff and wire reports in Breaking News

Staff photo by Tim Barber / James Moore, right, stands on the roof and helps Vince Brown, left, as he operates his lift truck to remove a large tree that fell on top of this mobile home in the Falling Water community Thursday morning.

Updated at 4:03 p.m. on Thursday, June 20, 2019, with more information

Staff photo by Tim Barber / Erica Presley holds her one-month-old, Addalynn Presley, as friends help remove limbs from a large tree the fell on the mobile home early Thursday in the Falling Water community.

Staff photo by Tim Barber / Erica Presley holds...

A home in Falling Water was destroyed early Thursday as severe storms caused damage and knocked out power across the Tennessee Valley and other areas of the South.

The home, located on Roberts Mill Road, was damaged around 8 a.m. when a tree fell on it, trapping its residents inside.

Firefighters with the Dallas Bay Volunteer Fire Department worked to free six adults and three children from the home, according to the Hamilton County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security.

No injuries were reported. The American Red Cross is working to help the family.

Staff photo by Tim Barber / A large tree covers this mobile home in the 700 block of Falling Water Road Thursday as James Moore and Rachel Mahan drag limbs away following an early morning strong storm.

Staff photo by Tim Barber / A large tree...

Elsewhere, EPB had power outages reported from Graysville, Tennessee, down to Fort Oglethorpe. More than 2,500 customers were affected, according to EPB spokesman John Pless.

The Sequachee Valley Electric Cooperative, which covers portions of Marion, Sequatchie, Bledsoe and Grundy counties, also reported more than 965 outages as of 10:10 a.m., according to the company's outage mapBy the afternoon, power had been restored to most customers.

And the North Georgia EMC reported outages in Catoosa, Chattooga, Gordon, Murray and Whitfield counties.

Some areas also experienced wind damage, according to WRCB meteorologist David Karnes.

Despite the wild weather, local law enforcement and fire departments said no other major issues were reported.

Potent thunderstorms are, however, being blamed for one death and for power outages affecting more than 200,000 people across the southern United States.

Fallen trees ripped down power lines and crashed into buildings along a line from Texas to Alabama overnight and into Thursday morning, the national Storm Prediction Center reported. A few isolated tornadoes were reported, damaging roofs in the northeast Texas city of Greenville.

In Mississippi, 19-year-old Jackson Salter died when a tree fell on his home Wednesday night, Washington County Coroner Methel Johnson told The Delta Democrat-Times.

More than 70,000 homes and businesses were without power in Arkansas, and more than 30,000 outages each were reported in Alabama, Texas and Louisiana, where crews are out working to remove toppled trees and clear blocked roads.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.


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