Cumberland County’s damage from Sunday morning’s storm is centered in the area between the White County line, US 70 and Interstate 40.
“It basically traveled along Highway 70 from Sparta and then crossed over 40,” Emergency Management Director Rick Williams said. “It’s a small, narrow area with trees down, houses with damage, power lines down.”
10-20 homes and businesses suffered some sort of damage, Williams said. Only minor injuries were reported.
“Well, that was it, which is remarkable considering it was 2 o’clock in the morning when the damage happened, when the storm came through,” Williams said.
That late hour did not keep residents from preparing for the storm. The National Weather Service began warning on the storms as it moved out of Cannon and Warren Counties.
“They could hear the wind coming and then for just a seven or eight minutes, it just really loud, lots of wind and then it was just quiet again,” Wiliams said.
While the National Weather Service will assess the damage Monday, Williams said it appears straight line winds were to blame.
As the sun rose Sunday, Williams said citizens got to work helping one another.
“Remarkable, as always, you know, it’s neighbor helping neighbor,” Williams said. “I have a food truck out there tonight giving away free food. And neighbors are just cleaning that neighbors yards.”