County misses brunt of storm
Posted: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:06 pm
Obion County apparently was spared from the full force of a storm that passed through northwest Tennessee at mid-day Monday.
The storm that blew through about noon resulted in some downed trees and limbs, but nothing major was reported by either the Obion County Sheriff’s Department or the Union City Police Department.
Sheriff’s department dispatch confirmed there were quite a few scattered reports of downed trees, power lines and limbs throughout the area.
Union City Assistant Police Chief Perry Barfield said police had reports of a few limbs being downed, as well as a tree that split in two in the Nailling Drive area, but nothing significant.
Heavy rain fell for several minutes in the Union City area while the area was under a severe thunderstorm warning, during which time the skies darkened and the wind began to blow.
In neighboring Weakley County, rain and various sizes of hail were reported in the Martin, Latham and Chestnut Glade areas. Nearly three inches of rain was recorded within an hour, which created hazardous roadway conditions and left streets, parking lots and ditches overflowing.
A lightning strike collapsed a vacant building on Strand Street near Broadway in downtown Martin, where utility lines sagged and blocked nearby roadways.
Winds also downed trees near the University of Tennessee at Martin and along Church Street in Martin.
Today’s forecast again calls for scattered showers and thunderstorms during the afternoon and then isolated showers and thunderstorms tonight.
Published in The Messenger 5.25.10