published Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

Some areas likely to go several days without power, NWS confirms storm was tornado

  • Video: Tornado damages Red Bank
    The National Weather Service determined there was a tornado in Red Bank Monday with winds around 85 mph.

About 450 EPB employees are working to restore power to the 11,500 homes and businesses across the Chattanooga area still without electricity after intense winds and rain ripped across Tennessee Monday.

Some areas might not see power for several days due to extensive damage, according to EPB spokeswoman Lacie Newton. She said problems such as 45 broken poles, which take from four to 12 hours to replace, kept crews busy through the night into today.

Red Bank was hit particularly hard — the area still has more than 2,000 outages — as were Hixson, Signal Mountain and the Shallowford Road area, she said.

  • photo
    Mike Garrett stands next to downed power lines on Mountain View Avenue on Monday afternoon. High winds and rain caused heavy damage to some areas of Chattanooga.
    Photo by Jake Daniels /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Much of the damage was caused by falling trees uprooted when 60- to 70-mile-per-hour winds blasted Hamilton County, causing millions in damage.

“The houses that I’ve already seen and the difficulties I’ve already seen, we’re definitely that high,” said John Thomason, certified arborist for ABC Tree Services. “When you destroy a house, you’re not talking about $10,000 worth of damage, you’re talking about $200,000 or better.”

Thomason said his company was removed trees from houses for 15 hours Monday and expects to be out working another 15 hours today.

City crews worked through the night and are still trying to clear roads of more than 150 downed trees and repair damaged electric lines on public items such as traffic lights.

A National Weather Service spokesman confirmed that yesterday's storm was an EF1 tornado.

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Abe said...

Carey, would you say that Red Bank has more than 2,000 outages? Wouldn't it be right to say that Red Bank has one outage, affecting more than 2,000 customers? (An aside: In Britain, it's a cut. A power cut. Outage is such an ungainly word. Maybe failure?)

March 1, 2011 at 12:56 p.m.
dude_abides said...

No, Carey, listen to me. "Most of the damage was caused by falling trees...causing millions in damage." Firstly, damage used twice feels redundant (which in Britain refers to forced retirement), Secondly, the word millions used without any previous mention of money sounds casual and, well, common.

March 1, 2011 at 10:41 p.m.
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