President Donald Trump on Thursday declared a major disaster in parts of Tennessee affected by severe storms, straight-line winds and flooding on May 3 and May 4.by
Andy Carroll, a 43-year-old tech company entrepreneur, was glued to his TV on Easter Sunday tracking the late-night tornadoes that were bearing down on the Tennessee Valley.by Mark Kennedy
Property owners have until Monday, June 1 to register with the county for their storm debris to be picked up free of charge, according to a news release from the Hamilton County Office of Emergency Management.
East Brainerd Elementary students won't be returning to their tornado-ravaged school building this August — instead, they're going to middle school.by
The tornadoes that swept through the Chattanooga area on April 12 destroyed homes, businesses and lives. Grace Baptist Academy was among the structures that were damaged beyond repair.by Stephen Hargis
The Chattanooga hotel market was the most occupied in the country in the week following devastating Easter Sunday tornadoes that displaced thousands of people and brought thousands more into town to help with recovery.by Mary Fortune
Just over a month after a deadly EF3 tornado ripped through parts of the Chattanooga area, relief deadlines are fast approaching, and 90 residents are still waiting for help to remove debris from their property because there aren't enough volunteers, according to Hamilton County Emergency Management.by Rosana Hughes
The Southeastern Conference has given a $100,000 grant to Vanderbilt to help students, staff and faculty affected by the tornado that hit Tennessee in March.by
Two property managers accused of stealing tornado relief supplies meant for an Ooltewah mobile home park are now facing a $4 million lawsuit accusing them of turning away help in order to hide health code violations and charging residents for non-existent homeowner's insurance.by Rosana Hughes and Sarah Grace Taylor
A day before the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park is set to reopen Friday, crews were still clearing from roads and trails the debris caused by the Easter Sunday tornadoes and other severe storms that swept through the area in April.by Patrick Filbin
An eighth person has died from the Easter Sunday tornadoes that swept through Murray County.by Patrick Filbin
Tennessee tornadoes during March and April have brought nearly 30,000 insurance claims from policy holders seeking to recover from damages to homes, cars, businesses and other properties.by Dave Flessner
Police in Tennessee have identified skeletal remains found during a March search for victims of a deadly tornado as a man they believed to have been homeless.by
Ya que la ayuda federal se ha aprobado para los residentes de Tennessee quienes fueron afectados por las tormentas y los tornados del que cayeron el 12 de abril, incluyendo a una comunidad mayormente de inmigrantes, las agencias de manejo de emergencias han aclarado el estado de inmigración y ciudadanía necesario para que los afectados califiquen para recibir ayuda.by Rosana Hughes
With federal aid approved for Tennesseans affected by the deadly Easter Sunday storms and tornadoes, including one largely immigrant community, state and federal emergency management agencies have clarified the immigration and citizenship status needed for affected households to qualify for aid.by Rosana Hughes
A una semana después de ser arrestada, una de las gerentes de un parque de casas móviles en Ooltewah fue arrestada por segunda vez — esta vez por presunta coacción de inquilinos, quienes han dicho que han sido manipulados por los gerentes que supuestamente amenazan con la deportación y el desalojo para obligarlos a pagar ciertas tarifas y firmar contratos de arrendamiento cuestionables.by Rosana Hughes
The Tennessee Department of Human Services will begin offering new resources on Wednesday to those with a financial need who were impacted by the April 12 tornado disaster.
Murray County, Georgia, will not be getting any federal relief funding for the damage caused by the deadly tornado that swept through the county on Easter and killed seven people.by Patrick Filbin
Residents of a largely immigrant Ooltewah mobile home park say they have been manipulated by property managers who threaten deportation and eviction to compel them to pay certain fees and sign questionable leases.by Rosana Hughes and Sarah Grace Taylor
Volunteers are still "desperately needed" to help with tornado debris clean up in the East Brainerd area.
The Tennessee attorney general has joined the investigation into two property managers accused of hoarding tornado relief supplies for the Auburn Hills mobile home park.by Rosana Hughes and Sarah Grace Taylor
As cleanup in East Brainerd continues in the wake of the Easter tornadoes, a new $3 million construction and demolition landfill in Hamilton County is expected to open within two weeks.by Mike Pare
Kimberly West, one of the property managers arrested last week for allegedly hoarding tornado relief supplies for the Auburn Hills mobile home park, has been arrested a second time for alleged coercion of tenants.by Rosana Hughes and Sarah Grace Taylor
Two more people have been arrested for allegedly looting in tornado-affected areas this week after breaking into a home while it was being boarded up.by Rosana Hughes
Workers in two Tennessee counties can now apply for disaster unemployment aid after deadly tornado-producing storms tore through the region on Easter.by
Tornado victims hurt by the Easter storms that swept into Chattanooga April 12-13 cannot have their policies canceled for non-payment for 60 days, state insurance regulators said Monday.by Dave Flessner
Tuscaloosa is marking the anniversary of the tornado outbreak that killed more than 50 people in the west Alabama city.by
It's a common, almost expected, outcome in the wake of a powerful tornado:by Ben Benton
Mercy Chefs has been in Chattanooga since tornadoes hit the area on April 12, and they have served more than 25,000 meals since being here.by Barry Courter
With each passing day this spring, the Chattanooga area has been increasingly rocked by the coronavirus and its fallout. By April 1, the number of confirmed cases in Hamilton County had quadrupled from a week earlier and then doubled again, to over 100 cases, by the middle of the month.by Wyatt Massey
Even if the coronavirus pandemic subsides and Hamilton County students return to their classrooms in August, East Brainerd Elementary School students won't.by
NASHVILLE — President Donald Trump on Friday issued a Tennessee disaster declaration freeing up federal assistance for Hamilton, Bradley and six other counties slammed April 12 and April 13 by heavy storms and tornadoes that killed four Southeast Tennesseans.by Andy Sher
The Easter night tornadoes that ripped through parts of Chattanooga could end up being one of the costliest ever for Chattanooga's electric utility in its 81-year history.by Dave Flessner
Gov. Brian Kemp traveled Friday to towns in south Georgia where severe storms recently damaged several homes and businesses.by
More than 15,600 insurance claims seeking more than $1.1 billion have been filed in Tennessee over deadly tornadoes that tore through the state early last month, state officials said Thursday.by
Policías arrestaron a dos gerentes de la comunidad de Auburn Hills después de que una investigación reveló que los gerentes presuntamente robaron más de $60,000 en donaciones para alivio del tornado que se cobró la vida de un hombre y dejó a decenas de desplazados.by Rosana Hughes
Hamilton County Sheriff's Office detectives seized at least 54 Red Cross totes, an unopened generator and numerous other tornado relief supplies on Thursday that were allegedly stolen in a conspiracy by two managers of the Auburn Hills mobile home park.by Rosana Hughes and Sarah Grace Taylor
Two people were arrested at an Ooltewah mobile home park late Thursday, a day after the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office began investigating management for allegedly hoarding donated supplies intended for residents after an EF3 tornado left one dead and dozens displaced late on Easter Sunday.by Rosana Hughes and Sarah Grace Taylor
After Easter Sunday's EF3 tornado ripped through parts of Southeast Tennessee and North Georgia, concerns about looting began to grow.by Rosana Hughes
Just over a week after a tornado ravaged her home, Beulah Lockmiller will soon be reunited with her husband's military quilt that was blown away, and she is thrilled.by Rosana Hughes
Habitat for Humanity will open its ReStores in Chattanooga and Ooltewah this week to accept donations to aid families affected by the recent tornadoes.by Lisa Denton
As the Salvation Army continues to work to assist those impacted by the coronavirus pandemic and the Easter tornadoes in the Tennessee Valley, the organization is now turning to the community for financial help due to a depleted budget, according to a news release.
The Hamilton County Emergency Operations Center is warning Chattanooga area residents about attempts from private contractors to charge tornado victims for cleanup services.
Nashville is adding 20 tornado sirens in a system upgrade that will let the warnings go off in specific areas, instead of throughout all of the city.by
Beulah Lockmiller kept her husband's military quilt stored in a protective plastic pouch inside her dresser, but that protection was no match for Easter Sunday's EF3 tornado, so she's asking for the public's help in locating the quilt.by Rosana Hughes
EPB largely completed one of the biggest power restoration programs in its 81-year history Tuesday, nine days after tornadoes cut power to more than a third of its customers.by Dave Flessner
Gov. Bill Lee has signed a letter formally asking President Donald Trump to issue major disaster declarations for Hamilton, Bradley, Marion and six other Tennessee counties struck by Easter Sunday's deadly tornadoes.by Andy Sher
What happened below ground on Benton Pike in Cleveland, Tennessee, was nothing like what was happening up above. Five people, from two families, gathered in the basement of the Church of Jesus Christ International on April 12 to wait out the severe storms moving into the area.by Wyatt Massey
Suspected tornadoes killed at least two people as severe weather blasted the Deep South, and a house fire believed started by lightning claimed a third person, officials said Monday.by
Mike "Boogie" Gilbert lost his teeth in the storm.by Patrick Filbin
If not for the coronavirus, the Samaritan Center would have been a first stop for help for Chattanooga residents affected by Sunday night's tornadoes.by Lisa Denton
The Chattanooga Football Club is doing its best to stay socially connected with fans and help out the community during the COVID-19 crisis that has been compounded by recent tornadoes in the area.by
Neyla Locey and her husband, Robert Locey, were just headed to bed a little after 11 p.m. on Easter Sunday.by
An EF3 tornado blew through Hamilton County late on Easter Sunday, demolishing hundreds of structures, killing three people and injuring at least 17 others.by Sarah Grace Taylor
Experts say Easter Sunday's tornado outbreak was a textbook example of weather trends showing rising tornado numbers and severity in the mid-South and Southeast, which is increasingly becoming a tornado hotbed.by Ben Benton
When disaster strikes, often people's first thought aside from their own safety is that of their pets, said Hamilton County Disaster Animal Response Team coordinator Renita "Shorty" Beaty.by Emily Crisman
Following a vehicle pursuit Thursday, Chattanooga police arrested a man suspected of looting tornado-damaged homes in the East Brainerd area just days earlier.by Rosana Hughes
When it comes to cleaning up fallen forests, there's often a lot more to moving them than just firing up a chainsaw.by Mary Fortune
Cell phones have been unreliable this week for thousands of people digging out from overwhelming damage after tornadoes swept through the region Sunday night, leaving many in the dark and without a way to communicate.by Mary Fortune
Hamilton County is asking those who wish to contribute to tornado relief efforts to follow these donation and volunteer protocols to ensure a safe, coordinated response effort.by
Seven tornadoes touched down in the Tennessee Valley, including parts of both Tennessee and Georgia, on Easter Sunday, April 12 assessments by the National Weather Service determined.by
Charlene Longwith has lived in Cleveland, Tennessee, her entire life — in the same house, to be exact.by
The death toll has risen to at least 36 from the two-day outbreak of strong storms that pounded the South, as Mississippi on Thursday reported two additional deaths.by
Grayson, 4, and his father, Mikey, 27, were trapped under rubble after the tornado ripped through their East Brainerd neighborhood, where they'd lived for about four years.by Rosana Hughes
The Home Builders Association of Greater Chattanooga (HBAGC) is offering tips to help those impacted by the Sunday storms avoid costly mistakes when hiring a contractor to perform repairs.
After assessing the damage of Sunday's night's storm, the National Weather Service confirmed that an EF-2 tornado touched down in Walker County.by Patrick Filbin
More than 100 tornadoes struck the South in the two-day outbreak that killed more than 30 people this week, the National Weather Service said.by
Days before an EF-3 tornado tore through North Georgia and the Chattanooga area, local pastors were planning a day of prayer and fasting for the COVID-19 pandemic. That effort now has even more weight.by Wyatt Massey
In Northwest Georgia, Murray County experienced the most brutal consequences when an EF-3 tornado swept through in the middle of the night, killing seven and injuring nearly two dozen.by Patrick Filbin
City officials are relying on the "spirit of Chattanooga," to endure and rebuild after Sunday's tornado that killed at least 10 people between Southeast Tennessee and North Georgia, leaving hundreds of millions of dollars in damage in Hamilton County alone.by Sarah Grace Taylor
Q. We have friends who are victims of Sunday's tornado. My family wants to help him and our community.
Bones' Smokehouse co-owner Tim Hennen has seen a lot in his almost 50-year career in the restaurant business locally, but he's never seen anything like the damage and randomness of the tornado that destroyed the East Brainerd restaurant on Sunday night.by Barry Courter
At least 14 of the school's students and their families were severely hit by the storm, according to school officials.by
The death toll from a tornado outbreak that ravaged the South rose to at least 34 on Tuesday as Mississippi officials said a 12th person had died there.by
Kelly Patterson was standing in her kitchen when one of her neighbors told her a tornado was coming.by Patrick Filbin
In its worst power outage in nearly a decade, one of every three Chattanooga homes and businesses lost power Sunday night when a tornado and high winds ripped through the South and cut off electricity service to 60,000 EPB customers.by Dave Flessner
After a deadly tornado ravaged the Chattanooga area early Monday morning, Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee visited Tuesday and said he will seek a federal emergency declaration for Hamilton County.by Sarah Grace Taylor
The orange "X" sprayed at the foot of the driveway by the Meigs County rescue squad volunteer certified our Holly Hills home Monday afternoon. It had been checked, and residents had been accounted for.by Clint Cooper
Books litter what's left of the high school building on Grace Baptist Academy's campus. And above it all is the blue sky overhead, the sun pouring in from where Sunday night's tornado tore the roof off the gym as it churned through the campus's 17 acres and across East Chattanooga.by
Donna Carter stood in the remnants of her kitchen on Tuesday morning, putting what she could save in a box at her feet.by Wyatt Massey
Thanks to Times Free Press news partner WRCB and local drone pilots, we have compiled a few videos of the destruction in the Chattanooga area below.by
Despite obeying Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee's stay-home order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, some Chattanoogans found both their homes and themselves in danger as a tornado swept through the city Sunday night and early Monday morning.by Emily Crisman
Catoosa County first responders, public works and general government employees are working around the clock to help people who have been impacted by severe weather that moved through the area on Sunday.
A complex, intense recovery effort is unfolding across eastern Hamilton County and Northwest Georgia as the scope of the loss becomes clear after violent storms raked the region Sunday night and Monday morning.by Mary Fortune
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 Rosana Hughes, Sarah Grace Taylor and Wyatt Massey
Hamilton County's public health and medical leaders urged residents to stay vigilant in their response to COVID-19 in the wake of Sunday's severe weather, which created conditions favorable to the spread of the coronavirus as recovery efforts and family displacement put people in close contact.by Elizabeth Fite
About 130 residents of two Chattanooga senior care facilities which were damaged by the tornado on Sunday night were transported to a pair of local hotels.by Mike Pare
Hamilton County Schools Director of Facilities Justin Witt said it's the worst damage to a school he's ever seen.by
Chattanooga officials urged the public to stay away from impacted areas so that first responders can continue recovery and damage assessment efforts after powerful storms struck the Chattanooga region overnight leaving a path of damage miles from tornadoes and strong winds.by Rosana Hughes
Severe weather has swept across the South, killing at least 19 people and damaging hundreds of homes from Louisiana into the Appalachian Mountains. Many people spent part of the night early Monday sheltering in basements, closets and bathroom tubs as sirens wailed to warn of possible tornadoes.
The following roads have been closed to traffic due to flooding and/or storm-related issues, according to the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office.
Strong storms pounded the Deep South on Sunday, killing at least six people in south Mississippi and damaging up to 300 homes and other buildings in northern Louisiana.
When Jose Cojom's house collapsed around his family in a tornado that struck after midnight, he knew his life was going to get much harder. But that was just the beginning.
The Tennessee Department of Correction announced Tuesday that inmates across the state will donate more than $1,000 for tornado relief efforts.by
The American Red Cross announced Monday that it once again was extending the deadline for emergency financial help for Middle Tennessee residents whose homes were damaged or destroyed earlier this month by several deadly tornadoes.by
Tennessee has landed a $476,000 federal grant to support the mental health needs of victims of deadly tornadoes earlier this month.by
Three additional Tennessee counties are eligible for federal assistance under disaster declarations for tornadoes and severe weather that killed 25 people on March 3, Gov. Bill Lee said.by
Nashville's smaller airport is reopening after it endured $93 million in infrastructure damage during a deadly night of tornadoes in Tennessee.by
The death toll from storms that unleashed powerful tornadoes in Tennessee last week has risen to 25, authorities said Thursday as they announced that a man had died of his injuries.by
Bridgett McCormick had finally started to feel like she was home.by Patrick Filbin
Members of the Grammy-winning string band Old Crow Medicine Show put down their fiddles and banjos and picked up chainsaws last week after deadly tornadoes hit middle Tennessee.
At least six tornadoes hit middle Tennessee during a series of storms early this week that killed 24 people and caused massive damage, the National Weather Service in Nashville confirmed Friday.by
On a frigid Friday morning in North Nashville, Ishvicka Howell stood in her driveway and peered down the street at several utility trucks.
When President Donald Trump came to Tennessee on Friday to tour tornado-devastated areas that left at least 24 Tennesseans dead this week, Gov. Bill Lee and Nashville Mayor John Cooper were there to greet him at the city's airport.by Andy Sher
Sheryl Crow, Brandi Carlile, Jason Isbell, Dan Auerbach and more Nashville artists will hold a benefit concert to raise money for people impacted by a recent deadly tornado.by
The storms that tore through Tennessee early Tuesday have left communities reeling from the loss of at least 24 lives.by
President Donald Trump on Friday toured a neighborhood reduced to rubble by a tornado earlier this week and marveled at "the tremendous heart" he witnessed.
Sirens screamed. Emergency weather alerts buzzed cellphones. News crews pleaded with people to seek cover.
Representatives of Chattanooga and the local Salvation Army are spread across Middle Tennessee to help with recovery after highly deadly tornadoes ripped through the area in the early hours of Tuesday morning.by Sarah Grace Taylor
Moments after a tornado tore through his quiet Tennessee neighborhood, Darrell Jennings walked out his front door and heard screaming.
The tornado that toppled the bell tower at East End United Methodist Church in Nashville about 1 a.m. Tuesday also caused a gas leak at the parsonage next door, forcing the Rev. Judi Hoffman to evacuate to a hotel.by
Two mobile units have been deployed to help residents who lost state driver's licenses or photo identification in severe storms that ravaged Tennessee counties this week.by
Billy Dyer's cellphone blared out an emergency alert, then his wife Kathy's phone followed, giving them just enough time to get downstairs and flip on a TV to check the news.
Rescuers searched through shattered Tennessee neighborhoods for bodies Tuesday, less than a day after tornadoes ripped across Nashville and other parts of the state as families slept. At least 24 people were killed, some in their beds, authorities said.
Among those impacted by the tornadoes in Nashville was The Basement East, the club co-owned by former Chattanooga Dave Brown.by Barry Courter and
Two state lawmakers from Hamilton County say they are shaken but unharmed after deadly tornadoes struck Nashville and high winds hurled debris at their hotel room windows early Tuesday morning.by Andy Sher
A north Alabama school district is closing some of its schools this week after a tornado caused heavy damage at an elementary school, the superintendent said.by
About 200 customers are without power currently as Hamilton County first responders are already responding to reports of downed power lines this evening, according to a spokesperson for EPB.by and
A nonprofit group is accepting donations to help clean up an Alabama state park that was badly damaged by a tornado earlier this month.by
At least two dozen tornadoes hit the Southeast this week in a deadly outbreak of severe weather, assessments by the National Weather Service show.by
Powerful storms swept across the South on Sunday after unleashing suspected tornadoes and flooding that killed at least eight people, injured dozens and flattened much of a Texas town. Three children were among the dead.by
Head bowed, President Donald Trump paid respects Friday to the 23 people killed when a powerful tornado roared through a rural Alabama town, observing a moment of silence before white wooden crosses that stood in remembrance of each victim.by
Rescue crews didn't have to stumble through every destroyed building in their search for victims after a tornado ravaged a corner of Alabama this week: They used heat-seeking drones to let them know whether there was anyone beneath the ruins.by
The youngest victim was 6, the oldest 89. Relatives said one extended family lost 10 members.by
In front of Arthur Bates' farmhouse in Apison is a sign that reads: 'The house God built.'by
It's been five years since Connie Wilson lost her sister, her sister's husband and their son and daughter, and she still sometimes wishes there was someone to blame for their deaths.by
A month from now Hannah Matthew will join the rest of this year's Rhea County High School graduating class as they close one chapter of their life and begin preparing for the future.by Stephen Hargis
Five years after the 2011 tornado outbreak, people are still healing from the terror and heartache of that day. But some scars are more apparent than others.by
The green of new spring growth adds life to a mountaintop landscape cut by a half-mile-wide swath of dead, gray oak trees.by Ben Benton
When a series of storms and tornadoes touched down throughout the tri-state area on April 27, 76 people lost their lives during the storm or in the days after due to storm-related events.by
It took the deadliest tornado outbreak in modern history to shatter the false sense of security among Chattanooga area residents — even meteorologists.by
After Moore, Okla., got hammered by its third monster tornado in 13 years, Mayor Glenn Lewis had had enough.by
The red lights that dot the giant wall inside TVA's power control center quickly turned green on the morning of April 27, 2011, signaling the loss of generation as tornadoes ripped across Mississippi and Alabama, twisting dozens of TVA transmission lines like pretzels in the wind.by Dave Flessner
Minutes after tornadoes' winds ripped trees from the ground and hurled them into homes, flattened buildings and killed residents from Rainsville, Ala., to Ringgold, Ga., to Hamilton County, firefighters, volunteers from the Salvation Army, church groups and survivors were trying to help the injured.by
Federal disaster relief in tri-state areaby
Some weather forecasters have suggested Tornado Alley, a swath through the Great Plains and Midwest that has seemed most prone to tornadoes, has shifted eastward to bring the killer tornadoes seen in the Chattanooga region this year.by Pam Sohn
The shaky cell phone videos of the swirling black masses that devastated Ringgold, Ga., and parts of Apison on April 27 tell only part of the story.by Ellis Smith
More than 300 varieties of maples, dogwoods and redbuds soon will take root in the tornado-ravaged Ringgold, Ga., area.by
For Chattanooga hospitals, April 27 was game seven of the World Series, bottom of the ninth inning, tied up.by
In one day, their lives changed forever.by and
Eight pounds of hope.by
RINGGOLD, Ga. -- An empty lot in Ringgold was filled Saturday with 31 pallets stacked five feet high of shampoos, candy, Clif bars, blankets and seemingly random household goods.by
As Debbie Wise sipped coffee on her front porch high above Ringgold, Ga., on White Oak Mountain, voices began to fill the valley.by
RINGGOLD, Ga. - Terry Bennett stood in the middle of the crowded tables and glanced around at newly finished orange walls and chatty customers Thursday morning. The smell of tacos - with a hint of fresh paint - floated through the air.by