Is it winter yet? WLAF’s Charlie Hutson snapped this photo on Jan. 11. Yes, January.
LAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) – Sustained winds from 15 to 20 MPH and gusts as high as 40 MPH blew from lunch time Saturday through midnight to go along with close to an inch of rainfall were all recorded at the Colonel Tommy C. Stiner Airfield. Those conditions brought down about 20 trees across the county according to Campbell County Road Superintendent Ron Dilbeck. Three crews from the Campbell County Highway Department worked much of the day and night on Saturday. Dilbeck said that there’s still a lot of cleaning up to do.
Based on reports from LUB Dispatch, there were only a handful of power outages during the storm.
There were reports of trees on cars called in to E-911 Dispatch. A tree fell on a moving car just off Exit 141 of I-75 while a tree landed on a car on College Hill. No one was injured. Reports also indicate a boat storage facility under construction on Demory Road suffered a collapse.
There was a severe thunderstorm warning for about an hour on Saturday afternoon expiring at 5:45 pm. During the warning, wind gusts hit 30 MPH as a half-inch of rain fell.
The spring-like weather continues this week with highs in the 60s and lows in the 50s as mid-January approaches. The average high and low for this time of year are 45-degrees for a high and 27 for the low. By Saturday night and Sunday, temps will be very close to those averages with snow expected Saturday night. Sunshine rules on Sunday. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 01/13/2020-6AM)