Chattanooga Under Storm Watch

Thursday, April 11, 2013

A widespread area of East Tennessee, including the Chattanooga area, was placed under a tornado watch until 2 a.m. A later warning was for severe thunderstorms.

Some Chattanooga area school systems closed early in anticipation of the severe weather arriving

Bledsoe County Schools and Sequatchie County Schools were among those sending students home early.

Bradley County Schools is cancelling after-school activities for students, including the YMCA and Big City University. A school board meeting will be held as scheduled.

EPB is preparing for the potential of severe weather impacting its electric and Fiber Optic systems. Officials said, "We are keeping in close contact with National Weather Service and Emergency Management officials as the storms approach. All of our field crews are being held over into the evening so they are ready to respond to any problems that may arise. Technicians are checking to make sure sensors and other automated devices that make our Smart Grid work are functioning properly and optimally." 

AccuWeather reports thunderstorms Thursday, some which can be severe at the local level, will reach from part of the Ohio Valley to the Gulf Coast and southern Atlantic Seaboard.

The storms will bring isolated incidents where lives and property are threatened. A more general, but less critical concern is the potential for travel disruptions and foiled plans. As the storms pass through, they can halt incoming and departing flights for a time at major airports and smaller connecting hubs.

The greatest potential with the storms is for damaging wind gusts, large hail, flash flooding and frequent lightning strikes.

However, a few of the strongest storms can produce a quick, spin-up tornado.

The storms are likely to down trees and cause sporadic power outages. Some roadways in urban and rural locations could be overwhelmed with water.

As cooler air collapses southward in the mid-Atlantic and colder air crosses the Mississippi River, the risk for severe thunderstorms Thursday will reach from Pittsburgh, Pa., to New Orleans, La., Mobile, Ala., and Augusta, Ga.

Other major metro areas that could be impacted by one or more storms Thursday into Thursday night include Charleston, W.Va., Cincinnati, Ohio, London, Ky., Nashville, Tenn., Atlanta, Charlotte, N.C., Columbia, S.C., Birmingham, Ala., and Tallahassee, Fla.

If the southward push of cool air is delayed along the mid-Atlantic coast, strong to locally severe thunderstorms could also affect Raleigh, N.C., Richmond, Va., Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Md., and Dover, Del., Thursday night. 

EPB is preparing for the potential of severe weather impacting the electric and Fiber Optic systems. They are keeping in contact with National Weather Service and Emergency Management officials as the storms approach. All of their field crews are being held over into the evening so they are ready to respond to any problems that may arise. Technicians are checking to make sure sensors and other automated devices that make the Smart Grid work are functioning properly and optimally.  



Fort Oglethorpe Arrest Report For Nov. 14-20

Here is the Fort Oglethorpe arrest report for Nov. 14-20: Eric Brandon Carden, 22, of 192 Madgabend Road, Rossville was arrested November 13 on charges of driving while license suspended and operation of unregistered vehicle.   Michael James Dodd, 42, of 94 Cross Street, Fort Oglethorpe was arrested November 14 on a charge of shoplifting.   James ... (click for more)

Jerry's Cabinet Shop Damaged By Fire

Jerry's Cabinet Shop went up in flames on Friday evening. There were no injuries, but the business on Dayton Pike sustained $100,000 in damage, according to Chief Mike Guffey of the Soddy Daisy Fire Department. People were working in the cabinet shop Friday, but no one was in the building at the time of the fire. It was reported a  neighbor behind the building ... (click for more)

Don't Allow Us To Be Overrun By People Who Do Not Belong Here - And Response (5)

Thank you, Senator Corker, for your clear, concise evaluation of the president's attempt to bypass Congress and personally and independently establish national policy that violates our current immigration laws.   Our long-standing failure to enforce our laws to control illegal immigration across our southern border has made this country less safe and ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Quick! Arm Our Guards

When I learned last Wednesday that Chattanooga’s leading hospital, in a ridiculous attempt to be more “family friendly,” planned to disarm its security guards. I was aghast but decided to wait for the proper “incident” to illustrate how stupid members of our “free thought society” can sometimes be. It took exactly one week. A bit after midnight on Thursday morning a gunman appeared ... (click for more)

Notre Dame Cruises To Another Playoff Victory, 48-7

The Notre Dame football express continues to roll on down the track and it appears the Fighting Irish are just picking up a little bit more steam. Facing a 10-2 McMinn Central in the quarterfinal round of the TSSAA Class 3-A football playoffs at spacious Finley Stadium, Notre Dame did what they've been doing all year -- scoring early and often while limiting the other team to ... (click for more)

Irish QB Darras Dazzles Chargers With Passing Show

Film sessions all week didn’t do McMinn Central much good in Friday’s TSSAA Class 3A quarterfinal playoff game against hard-charging Notre Dame. “We knew they were a good ball team from what we saw on film,” Chargers coach Josh Goodin said. “But the films didn’t do them justice. We couldn’t matchup with them.” It was obvious from the start. The third-ranked Irish ... (click for more)