Fortunately Cherokee County dodged the worst of the weather system – with nothing more than some heavy rainfall and winds peaking at around 50 mph; we’ve had no reports of any property damage.
Motorists should exercise caution while traveling this morning, especially on back roads, as there could be tree limbs down across the roadway.
Across the state line in northwest Georgia, the storms caused considerable damage in both Floyd and Chattooga County.
Numerous trees were downed along Martha Berry Highway near Rome, and Georgia Power reported more than 1,600 power outages across the Rome/Floyd County area with around 430 customers being affected in the Cave Spring Road area alone.
Outages were also reported near Georgia Northwestern Technical College, in Garden Lakes, and many other locations.
Floyd County EMA Director Tim Harrington reports that cloud rotation occurred above the county at one point.
Meanwhile in Chattooga County quarter-sized hail was reported in Summerville along with some minor flooding; the hardest hit section was between Trion and Subligna around 8:00 – where a tree landed on a home.
Chattooga County EMA Officials reported a total of 30 to 40 trees being downed – with over 2,000 customers being affected by power outages overnight.