Spring storms rip through county, region
Posted: Wednesday, April 20, 2011 8:59 pm
Many local residents spent a sleepless night monitoring powerful winds, heavy rains and strong lightning that swept through the area overnight.
Storms that spawned tornadoes and large hail in other areas across the Mid-South caused relatively minor problems for local residents.
Kent Treece, chief deputy with the Obion County Sheriff’s Department, told The Messenger early today he and Sheriff Jerry Vastbinder were out with the sheriff department’s midnight shift dealing with the overnight storm. He reported no major property damage in the county, but said the strong winds did knock down a number of trees and tree limbs around the west end of the county.
“We had a few trees down,” Treece said.
Trees were knocked down in Samburg, across Highway 22 and Highway 21 as well as other county roads west of Hornbeak.
No injuries were reported in connection with the overnight storms.
Workers with the Obion County Highway Department and the Samburg Volunteer Fire Department also were out overnight dealing with downed trees and tree limbs. Treece said he had received information there were intermittent power outages connected to the storm.
Union City Police Chief Joe Garner said Union City was very fortunate during Tuesday night’s round of strong storms and problems were mainly limited to downed trees and limbs and damaged signs as a result of high winds, as well as a power outage in the Division Street area. During the brief outage, police assisted when traffic signal lights were knocked out at a busy intersection along Everett Boulevard.
Among the downed trees were two on the front lawn of Union City Elementary School. One appeared to have been uprooted, while the other appeared to have broken off.
Jeff Devereaux of Brentwood, who was in Union City on business Tuesday, said he got a late-night call from the front desk at the Hampton Inn informing him the storm warning sirens were going off.
“They told me they called everyone on the second floor to let them know they could go downstairs to ride out the storm,” he said this morning. “I decided to spend the night in my bathtub instead, which didn’t make for a good night sleep, but at least I was safe.”
Speaking while driving to Memphis this morning, Devereaux said he had seen a lot of storm damage.
Published in The Messenger 4.20.11